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COVID-19 RESPONSE PROTOCOLS

THANDANANI’S COVID-19 RESPONSE PROTOCOLS AS AT – 24 MARCH 2020

Family Strengthening Project

  • Before 18 March, Fieldworkers are to conduct 1 home visit per family to:
    1. Educate them on COVID-19 and the measures they should take to protect themselves and their family
    2. Identify and refer to individuals who are experiencing any sort of respiratory difficulties or chest infections. The aim of this is to ensure that people who may have existing conditions like pneumonia or TB seek treatment now in order to reduce their vulnerability in the event that they do contract COVID-19 in the weeks and months ahead.
    3. Explain that for the next few weeks there will not be any home visits. In this regard, families should be given the fieldworker’s contact number so that they can contact them in an emergency. In the event that an emergency is reported, fieldworkers must first contact their supervisors before taking any action.
  • Beyond this visit, fieldworkers are not to undertake any other home visits (unless specifically requested to do so by their supervisor) until further notice.
  • When conducting visits, Fieldworkers must ensure that appropriate social distancing & sanitizing protocols are followed.
  • Home visits for the purpose of the delivery of household equipment, food vouchers and food garden development materials planned for March will be completed by 25 March.
  • To ensure that fieldworkers do not experience a complete loss of income as a result of these restrictions, Thandanani will ensure that all Fieldworkers are paid a minimum per month regardless of whether or not they have delivered any services. This is based on the average payment made to fieldworkers over the last three months.
  • Thandanani will be ordering & distributing emergency food vouchers to as many beneficiary households as possible. These vouchers will be restricted to the purchase of the following items only: maize meal, rice, beans, and soap, sanitizers or disinfectants. The provision of these vouchers is aimed at ensuring that families have a basic supply of food that will enable them to provide at least one meal a day to each member of the household for an extended period and the means to follow basic sanitizing protocols. A summary of the number and value of the vouchers still required is provided in the table below. Members of the public wishing to support this initiative are encouraged to make an online donation via our “Support Us” page.


Social Workers

  • Fortunately, with a few exceptions, our Social Workers are up to date with grant renewals for both April and May. Consequently, there is a very limited need for them to have direct contact with beneficiaries between now and the end of May.

 

ECD & YD Groups & Workshops

  • Fieldworkers should conduct visits to each group with the aim of bringing all these groups to a close by 25 March.
  • During these visits, participants should be educated on COVID-19 and the measures they should take to protect themselves and their family and they should be advised to seek treatment for any current respiratory difficulties or chest infections in order to reduce their vulnerability in the event that they do contract COVID-19 in the weeks and months ahead.
  • In addition, participants should be advised that should they be experiencing flu-like symptoms in the weeks ahead they should stay at home until such time as they are feeling well again.

 

SHG Groups

  • All active SHG Groups are to be contacted and should be advised to suspend their regular meetings.
  • Groups should be assisted to formulate strategies for the management & safe keeping of their funds during the suspension period. Thandanani is willing to offer groups safekeeping facilities at our offices and should groups wish to make use of this offer, documentation must be put into place that accurately records the funds kept in safe keeping for each group.
  • During these visits, participants should also be educated on COVID-19 and the measures they should take to protect themselves and their family and they should be advised to seek treatment for any current respiratory difficulties or chest infections in order to reduce their vulnerability in the event that they do contract COVID-19 in the weeks and months ahead.
  • In addition, participants should be advised that should they be experiencing flu-like symptoms in the weeks ahead they should stay at home until such time as they are feeling well again.

 

Office Procedures

  • Due to the country wide lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March; Thandanani staff will not be in the office until the lifting of the lockdown. We will have limited access to emails and will do our best to respond to these as we can.



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