How Mercy Corps is responding to COVID-19 pandemic in Borno state

Community Sensitization and Training in Dikwa, Borno State

Mercy Corps Nigeria is implementing a series of activities under her Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) funded Recovery and Assistance Initiative for Borno programme to increase awareness of COVID-19 and preventative measures to curb its spread. In a 3-day extensive training in Dikwa, Borno state, thirty (30) Community Hygiene Promoters were educated on good health and safety practices, with strict adherence to social gathering guidelines. The participants will also conduct community sensitization outreaches within their communities.

  Training Participants showcasing sensitization message posters they developed

  Facilitator putting the trainees through one of the sessions

  A participant washing her hands at the entry point before entering the training venue

  Participants queuing to wash their hands before entering the training venue

COVID-19 Prevention Sensitization at Maida Programme Site, Gwoza, Borno State

Mercy Corps Nigeria carried out community sensitization at its Maida Permanent Shelter Construction Program, funded by the EU, in Gwoza LGA, Borno State. Shelter field supervisors, participants, representatives of skilled and unskilled laborers, and water suppliers were taught the importance of hand-washing, social spacing, and the correct use of hand sanitizers as they gathered to receive their building materials.

  Participants queue up 2 metres apart as they wait to receive their items

  A participant stands 2 metres away as she receives her items

  Shelter field supervisors, representatives of skilled and unskilled laborers receiving sensitization

Establishment of COVID-19 Rapid Response Committee

The committee, consisting of Mercy Corps staff members and community volunteers across intervention locations, has been trained to deliver emergency support services in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks. Committee members also conduct regular community sensitizations on preventive measures against COVID-19.

  Participants learning how to wear their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  Participants learning how to disinfect their PPE