IIRR’s partnership with DFID and UNICEF was a vital one in strengthening rural health systems during the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Other infectious disease outbreaks have also required us to provide needed training to our partners such as World Vision, Save the Children, Care International to assist us in reaching the most marginalized.
IIRR’s Capacity to Respond
IIRR’s priority areas of work and range of activities for COVID-19 Rural Response
We are committed to supporting the global fight against the coronavirus and our plans are gearing forward to respond in areas that may include but are not limited to:
Community-managed Disaster Risk Reduction
- CMDRR training, workshops and consultation
- Community-managed Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (risk mapping, establishing early warning systems)
- Community-managed Emergency Response
- Strengthening capacities to cope and bounce back with the risks (organizing and training of village responders, contingency planning, scenario planning)
Strengthen supply chains and improve livelihoods
- Farming materials distribution such as seeds, small livestock, farm tools
- Technical advice on farm planning to promote crops production for the local markets
- Linking to new markets and buyers without the intermediaries
- Establishing capital stimulation packages as safety nets for women for economic recovery for most affected
- Capacitating the women and youth on digitalization to increase the use of digital tools for business and marketing
- Improving ICT based Business Continuity preparedness planning
- Advocating for women and youth Recovery Friendly-products through policy interventions
- Linkages and access to Financial Recovery Funds
Establish village health and nutrition services
- Conducting Information, Education, Communication (IEC) campaigns on COVID-19 prevention
- Strengthening WASH behavior change communication (establishing emergency water supply and handwashing facilities in villages, capacitating village-based health workers to do primary health care work: IEC, monitoring, isolating the sick, promotion of WASH, etc)
- Training of village health workers
- Awareness-raising to promote a healthy lifestyle using social media and digital platforms
- Building and equipping of village health facilities
Food security and strengthen local food systems
- Promoting and advocating Regenerative Agriculture as part of livelihood early recoveries
- Courses, workshops, and training on Regenerative Agriculture facilitated by a sought-out expert in the field
- Strengthening local food systems by establishing home and community garden
- Distributing seeds, seedlings and planting materials to the community
Please read the President’s message on COVID-19 here.
As we continue to look out for vulnerable communities whose hardships are expected to expand with the current health crisis, we would like to share the published pieces related to the pandemic below and we welcome you to share with your networks.
Let’s come together to protect the most vulnerable
Read what we have to say on COVID-19 impact on published articles and blogs below.
Rural areas at risk during COVID-19 pandemic
Opinion: Support rural, women-led entrepreneurs amid the COVID-19 pandemic
IIRR Regional Director wrote a compelling article in Devex on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting female entrepreneurs in Africa.