SHINE Supply
COVID-19 Preparedness at SHINE Supply Health Facilities  in Banadir

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought panic to the whole world. At the time of writing (May 7th), there are 873 confirmed cases in Somalia, and this total is expected to rise every day.  Though preventive measures have been put in place, it is clear the spread of the virus poses a real threat to citizens of Somalia.

In Somalia there is currently no COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity and suspected samples are shipped for testing within the region of East Africa. The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) activated the incident management support team (IMST) for COVID-19 response operations when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and developed key messages that are distributed to the whole country through different channels.

SHINE Supply partner, Concern Worldwide (CWW), activated COVID-19 preparedness and response, i.e. dissemination of COVID-19 messages to the health facilities, hygiene and hand-washing control equipment and started orientation awareness sessions to the beneficiaries, as well as to community at large.

A female health worker showing COVID-19 prevention information to a community member in Banadir, Somalia

CWW, with the help of the Regional Medical Officer (RMO) and District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), started orientation sessions to the beneficiaries about COVID-19 and how it is transmitted from one person to another and what preventive measures need to done, without creating panic

Role of SHINE Supply

As part of the SHINE Supply partner, CWW has activated COVID-19 preparedness and response, and is applying precautionary measures advised by FMoH and WHO.

CWW distributed personal protective equipment (PPE), including: face masks, hand washings and hand sanitisers  to protect MoH staff working at the health facilities, and printed stickers and laminated messages to disseminate COVID-19 related health messages to the beneficiaries.

Role of staff at health facilities

Health workers receiving training at Shibis Health Centre in Banadir

All staff were oriented on emergency preparedness and response and practical steps to apply in light of COVID-19 .They demonstrated proper hand-washing to the staff, beneficiaries and the community at large.

They also demonstrated correct social distancing measures between two individuals, which is six feet and the expected behaviours, such as what to do when coughing, sneezing, and even how to dispose of human secretions from their respiratory orifices.

To read our more extensive response to COVID-19, go here: SHINE Supply Covid-19 Practice Brief