As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to run rampant, countries such as the Republic of Zambia that were already struggling with implementing community health programs, are now also struggling with procuring the necessary means to beat the COVID-19 virus. In collaboration with Kocebuka Foundation, the World Forgotten Children Foundation (WFCF) is currently working to raise funds that will aid in providing the necessary resources to combat the COVID-19 virus and support mass prevention exercises for prevalent diseases in the country including Malaria.
The Republic of Zambia is one of 16 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and at present according to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson Filipe Nyusi, more than 50 percent of all new daily infections of COVID-19 on the African continent have been reported in the SADC region in January. (Source: IOL)
The country, especially the Zimba District, is currently in significant need of COVID-19 vaccinations along with a community vaccination program for all vaccine types, in addition to the need for vitamin supplements, health education material, hand sanitizer and wipes, personal protection equipment (PPE) (medical gowns, gloves, and masks), medicinal oxygen, various medical apparatus, health services and healthcare professionals, and transportation (fuel and vehicles) to support supply distribution and community visits.
As governments are currently working to distribute vaccines and other critical resources among their citizens, the citizens of the Republic of Zambia are not as fortunate. Vaccines, protective gear, and breathing apparatus are all critical in preventing and/or treating COVID-19. Many patients with severe or critical COVID-19 symptoms cannot get enough oxygen into their bloodstream by simply breathing in room air and as such they need a higher concentration of oxygen and support to get it into their lungs. These types of apparatus and medical oxygen are lacking throughout much of the developed world and thus make it practically impossible for distribution in developing nations. (Source: WSWS)
It is our hope that through funding support we can get these critical items to these well-deserving citizens to help them survive this devastating pandemic and to create long-term initiatives for other healthcare community projects in the future. The population of the Zimba District is more than 127,000 citizens and the community as a whole will suffer greatly if they do not receive the aid they need during these challenging times.
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African Community Project has been on the ground in Zimba District for over 10 years. Their projects center on helping different communities address various environmental issues and create more sustainable livelihoods, which includes clean and safe drinking water, basic health and education, the environment and community wellness.