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Jun 11, 2020
View on USAID website Ireshika Somapala, a mother of two from the village of Bogahawewa in the North Central district of Anuradhapura, began a six-month sewing and tailoring course under USAID SCORE support through sub-grantee Rajarata Praja Kendraya (RPK), in February. By mid-March, Ireshika began to put her newly acquired skills to good use by sewing masks for the district’s hospital and her community. RPK engaged 10 women including Ireshika to stitch 5,000 masks and provided them to the Padaviya hospital and the area’s Medical Officer of Health offices.  “I stitched masks for the hospital and my community during the curfew period. I hope to... Read more
May 29, 2020
In Halystyniska, Ukraine, the village council, businesses and the public organized the sewing of protective facemasks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Volunteers sewed over 4,700 cloth masks with sewing equipment given to the community as part of the implementation of the USAID DOBRE Local Economic Development program. The masks were distributed free of charge in six consolidated communities at community social institutions and administrative buildings as well as to senior citizens and vulnerable groups. The consolidated community residents created a business incubator at the Adult Education Center, where people were trained on the new sewing machines with an eye toward producing other products such as protective clothing and suits. Volunteers credit the Sewing Educational... Read more
May 13, 2020
Educating those suffering from obesity to transform their lives According to the latest Global Nutrition Report, 28.2% of women and 43.1% of men in Jordan are obese. This is an extremely alarming matter, especially that obesity is directly linked with increased health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The risk of obesity has recently increased due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the consequent government-imposed curfew and lockdowns; not only have gyms and fitness centers been closed but people have been forced to stay inside, with limited hours allowed for them to leave their houses. Without the proper guidance and psychosocial support needed, this might as well lead to binge eating and emotional eating disorders which would eventually alleviate obesity... Read more
Apr 07, 2020
As in other countries, COVID-19 has led to lockdown in major cities in Iraq and is exerting pressure on the healthcare sector all over the country. As medical facilities and municipal services are essential to sustain overall continuity, Vitas Iraq, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Communities, is supporting these organizations with a series of humanitarian initiatives. In one province, a team of Vitas Iraq staff distributed healthcare kits including facial masks, medical gloves and gowns, alcohol and medical disinfectants, and laser thermometers to several hospital emergency units. Masks were also given to local security forces who are working hard to enforce order through this critical time. Vitas Iraq also participated in a municipal conference where measures aiming to contain the... Read more
Apr 06, 2020
The 2010/2011 Cholera Prevention Initiative, under the post-earthquake OFDA-funded KATYE, promoted disease prevention in Port au Prince, Gonaives, Cap Hatien, Carrefour and Leogane. Over a critical three-week period, community mobilizers disseminated cholera awareness and prevention messages in high-risk areas. Mobilizers surveyed 24,000 households to collect data on vulnerability to cholera as determined by existing knowledge of cholera and hygiene precautions and access to sanitation. The data was shared with stakeholders responding to the outbreak including OFDA, UNICEF, IOM and others. Global Communities leveraged support from IOM, which contributed over thirty thousand flyers with cholera prevention and hygiene messages.... Read more
Apr 04, 2020
The Global Communities team in Sri Lanka is collaborating with government health authorities to protect communities from COVID-19. Activities proposed include addressing the urgent needs of hospitals, health facilities and health workers for personal protective equipment disinfectant equipment, setting up isolation units and other items, and  social messaging to raise awareness in targeted populations about how the virus is transmitted and simple measures that they can take to slow and stop new infections.  In Sri Lanka, the USAID-funded Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity (SCORE) program (2018–2021) is working to advance social cohesion and reconciliation, reduce socio-economic disparities and enhance community resilience, in part through its support to local... Read more
Apr 01, 2020
During this time of upheaval and uncertainty, Global Communities is using its past experience and technical expertise in the effort to address the COVID-19 crisis. At their core, Global Communities’ programs around the world focus on building trust with, and empowering, local communities and local governments. Now, we must translate that trust in creative ways to support activities for behavior change as well as other actions that support infectious disease response activity. Our field offices are proactively engaging donors and other stakeholders to discuss and plan for the impact that local COVID-19 response measures are likely to have on the implementation of our ongoing work. We are identifying areas where existing budget and staff resources can be re-purposed from originally planned... Read more
Mar 23, 2020
Babylon Province Wednesday, 18-3-2020 The corona crisis hit Iraq hard, imposing lockdown in major cities and exerting pressure on the healthcare sector all over the country. As medical facilities and municipal services are essential to sustain overall continuity, Vitas Iraq set a new objective to support these organizations with a series of humanitarian initiatives. The first event was carried out in Hilla, Babylon province, where a team of Vitas Iraq staff set off to distribute healthcare kits including 20 000 facial masks, 12 000 medical gloves, 64 medical costumes, 100 liters of alcohol, 25 liters of medical disinfectants, and 16 laser thermometers to several hospital ECU units. A part of the facial masks was also given out to local security forces divisions, who are working hard to... Read more
Mar 16, 2020
During this time of upheaval and uncertainty, Global Communities is using its past experience and technical expertise in the effort to address the COVID-19 crisis. At their core, Global Communities’ programs around the world focus on building trust with, and empowering, local communities and local governments. Now, we must translate that trust in creative ways to support activities for behavior change as well as other actions that support infectious disease response activity. Our field offices are proactively engaging donors and other stakeholders to discuss and plan for the impact that local COVID-19 response measures are likely to have on the implementation of our ongoing work. We are identifying areas where existing budget and staff resources can be re-purposed from originally planned... Read more
Dec 11, 2019
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. (www.unwomen.org) The "16 Days of Activism" animated video below... Read more
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