WVSA and the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa partner for a WASH and COVID-19 intervention
World Vision South Africa (WVSA), in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa (EU), have joined hands in curbing the further spread of COVID-19 within South Africa’s most vulnerable communities in the Limpopo Ga-Sekororo and Sekgosese), KZN (Umvoti) and Free State (Thaba-Nchu) provinces.
World Vision South Africa, as an implementing partner was awarded the grant Accelerating Infection Prevention and Control through Water and Hygiene Interventions for the COVID19 Response. The partnership was marked at the grant signing ceremony in April, held by H.E. Dr Riina Kionka, the EU Ambassador.
The objectives of the collaboration are to foster adoption of proper hygiene and sanitation practices, as well as to see increase access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services for the Kwa Zulu-Natal, Limpopo and Free State provinces in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other WASH-related diseases.
WVSA responds to the impact of COVID-19
WVSA is responding to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, through providing key information to the identified communities, focusing on key health and hygiene practices to prevent exposure to and the spread of COVID-19.
These outcomes will ensure that there is improved Infection Prevention and Control through provision of critical water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and supplies for high-risk communities.
Key success indictors of this collaboration will be marked by working with local government to support with infrastructure such as water pipe installation and maintenance to ensure sustainability of hand-washing stations; local leadership structures and women groups to advocate within the communities to get citizens on board and sustain a new a culture through behaviour change.
WVSA will facilitate the installation of locally made handwashing stations in schools, health facilities and other strategic central points within the communities.
WVSA has implemented various projects in effort to eliminate infectious diseases from air to waterborne infections, as well as providing proper sanitation and hygiene to the most vulnerable communities in South Africa.
“The solutions to the challenges facing South Africa, specifically COVID 19 at this point in time, require a multifaceted, multi-stakeholder and non-partisan approach. We need as many hands on deck as possible and that it why it is such a delight to have the European Union as a partner. Their experience, broad reach, advocacy, and of course money, will allow us to have a lasting positive impact in the communities we serve”, said WVSA CEO, Bruce Layzell.