COVID-19 Response in Ghana
As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to grow in Ghana, GHEI is deeply concerned about the impact it could have on vulnerable communities in rural areas of the country. To support preparedness of local health officials and partners in the local municipality, we have devised a Risk Communication and Community Engagement Readiness and Response plan for COVID-19. Our preparedness planning for COVID-19 is informed by GHEI's substantial expertise in public health work and lessons learned.
People have the right to be informed about and understand the health risks that they and their loved ones face. Our plan ensures that rural communities have the life-saving information they need to protect themselves and others from the virus and to reduce its impact on health, social life, and the economy. We are proactively communicating and engaging with the people especially at risk populations (those who cannot read, the elderly, disabled persons and people with existing health conditions) through two-way communication channels in order to alleviate confusion and avoid misunderstandings. We are providing critical information and services through trusted channels of communication and by being responsive, empathetic, consistent and transparent. Furthermore, we are committed to designing and implementing community based approaches to protect vulnerable and underprivileged people at large.
Meanwhile, we have also put measures in place to protect the health of our staff members and students participating in GHEI's Education Programs. As a measure of abundant precaution, we have temporarily suspended our Education Programs including the Community Library in Humjibre to prevent concentrated gatherings of people.