France supports the fight against COVID-19 epidemic in Kismayo along with Secours Islamique France (SIF) [fr]

France is actively involved in supporting African countries in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable populations. With very few health workers per inhabitant and very limited equipment available, Somalia is particularly in need of international support to prevent and respond to COVID-19.

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In this context, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has granted Secours Islamique France (SIF), a French NGO with a long experience in Somalia, 267.107€ for actions in support to the health workers and vulnerable populations in Kismayo (Jubaland).
SIF has contributed to improve the effectiveness of Covid-19 response by the Kismayo General Hospital by providing it with an ambulance, essential diagnostic and treatment equipment, personal protective gear and essential commodities.

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In parallel, it has supported the local production and distribution of 8000 reusable face masks to vulnerable households and frontline public sector agencies, installed handwashing stands in public places, schools and camps for internally-displaced people (IDPs), raised awareness of local communities on COVID-19, and provided cash support to 450 vulnerable households representing over 3000 people.

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Beyond the emergency support provided by France and SIF in response to COVID-19 in Kismayo, these efforts will yield long-term results in strengthening public health in the city, by providing equipment to the General hospital and local administration, and by offering hygiene equipment and preventing malnutrition for poor households.

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Dernière modification : 26/02/2021

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