The objective of this assignment was to support UN-Habitat in its contribution to the implementation of reinforcement measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 disease and improve livelihoods in the slums of Ashaiman, Sabon Zongo, Ga Mashie, and Old Fadama in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area.
The project team, Ablekuma Central and Ashaiman Municipal Assemblies ensured the following:
- Identify behavioral and knowledge gaps to address within the community in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Identify and select community volunteers
- Prepare training materials for awareness raising using the women and youth volunteers
- To deliver effective communication and knowledge messages and their dissemination
- Engage the youth and women groups for production of handwashing soap and sanitizers during the emergency phase for production
- Mobilize youth and women for training by WEAVE Ghana and assembling of beauty/hair products for community and salon sales.
Two areas were focused; skills development and income generation.
Firstly, a set of 50 communities’ members were mobilize and are currently undergoing training in the production of soap and hand sanitizers. This training, which last for 3 days, and participants will be taken through the rudiments of how to make soaps and hand sanitizers. Specifically, they would be trained on:
- Steps in the production of soap and hand sanitizers
- Chemicals and materials required
- Time frame
- Preservation and Packaging
Participants would be taken through basic business managing principles and practices.
Partnering/ Funding Organisation: WaterAid Ghana
Strengthen campaign and hygiene awareness in urban communities as hotspot areas
|Radio discussions||Two radio/FM Stations are engaged for discussions/awareness raising on the pandemic in the project communities. These are Marhaba FM (for discussions in Hausa and Akan) and Amanie FM (for Ga, Akan and sometimes English languages for discussion.|
Community engagement (information vans etc)
|The information dissemination targeted residents of 10 communities across the municipality with a total population of 134,463 with each dissemination covering between 5 to 7 hours daily. This is done in collaboration with the Information Services Department (ISD) of the Municipal Assembly.|
- Partnering/ Funding Organisation: UNHABITAT
- Project Objective
This proposal has the sole objective of ensuring adequate food supply to affected slum dwellers including PLWDs during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic in Accra Ghana.
|Identify and prepare population measures to decrease risks and protect vulnerable with priority given to PLWDs.||It identified and selected responsible persons from within ZINCS as Community Coordinating Committees on Covid-19 (CCC-C-19) and volunteers. The committees were mainly stakeholders including religious leaders, transport unions, youth groups, food venders, head potters, women groups, PWDs and traditional authorities.|
|Identify Community volunteers, train and support them.|
|Develop Community Action plan & map, Zoning and flashpoints/ hotspots||Development of community maps with COVID-19 flash points and assessment of its effects through the use of transient walk and identification of key infrastructure to serve as places for quarantine.|
Partnering/ Funding Organisation: OXFAM in Ghana
To enhance COVID-19 safety protocols in schools by distributing hand sanitizers, nose masks and detergents to public schools in Chorkor (AMA), Madina Zongo (LaNMMA) and Alogboshie (ONMA). Are the acronyms already known to the partners.
To promote public education and campaigns on COVID-19 vaccination in Madina Zongo (LaNMMA), Chorkor (Accra Metro) and Alogboshie (Okaikoi North Municipal)
|Public Education & Campaign||The project adopted radio discussions and the services of public information vans in transmitting information and providing public education on COVID-19.|
|Distribution of PPE||Boxes of face/nose mask, gallons of liquid soap, hand sanitizers and IEC materials (Covid19 Workbooks) were distributed to selected public basic schools and some targeted communities (Chorkor and Alogboshie) to enhance preventive measures and to promote good hygiene behaviors.|
Partnering/ Funding Organisation: WSUP
To improve hygiene related practices on COVID-19 among vulnerable urban residents and increase the capacity and resilience of institutions and service providers to respond to the pandemic.
|Hygiene Behaviour Change Campaigns (HBCC) in 8 MMDAs of the Greater Accra Region.||•3,074 Households were visited
•706 Community meetings were held to sensitize people
•24 mosques and 32 churches were visited and sensitized
•Eight (8) municipal assemblies’ information van operators and fifty-one (51) community information centers were used for the BCC
In September 2019, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia declared Old Fadama an eviction-free settlement and called on its leadership to take steps to preserve the land. Following this pronouncement, the Old Fadama Development Association (OFADA) met with stakeholders to discuss ways of securing and maintaining the community from an environmental justice perspective. During a stakeholder meeting on the future of the community, the following development issues were discussed;
- Sustaining the Eviction free status of Old Fadama community for human settlement
- Creating a buffa zone and protecting the environment by planting 1,000,000 tree seedlings
- People’s Dialogue should continue to facilitate community involvement to ensure sustenance of process
- People’s Dialogue through the federation of urban poor and OFADA support the community to map demarcated structures for demolition to make way for the tree planting
This project sought to transform slums into resilient neighborhoods and inclusive communities by collectively driving women and youth-led, bottom-up change agenda for securing tenure, increasing access to basic services such as water, sanitation and hygiene as most effective solution to the spread of Covid-19.
Also influence behavioral change needed by the communities to strengthen community response to Covid-19, build partnership with local/national governments, community leaders and other stakeholders.
- Identify and train committed community members and leaders on approaches to effective community-led responses and management of Covid-19.
- Develop and distribute Covid-19 IEC Materials and organize Education Campaigns in urban poor settlements
- Distribution of relief packages
- Activity: Distribution of PPEs and Hygiene
- Activity: Support households with in-yard water connections
- Activity: Identify and train artisans to manufacture and install hand washing stations
- Activity: Conduct profile and mapping of selected Zongos, Inner-Cities and Slums (ZINCS)
- Validate profiles, maps and disseminate information to inform city government policy planning on Covid. Identify and train community leaders on Covid vulnerability and service infrastructure maps
- Purchase data collection devices and train community data collectors
- Data capturing, analysis and reports production
- Identify and train community task force to advocate for equitable Covid-19 interventions and supplies
- Organize mini settlement level forums to continue sensitization/education campaigns on Covid-19 targeting groups at their bases described as community hotspots for disease spread
Partnering/ Funding Organisation: University of Ghana (UG)
Assess climatic and non-climatic determinants of diarrhoea diseases in coastal communities in Ghana and understand how they impact on diarrhoea transmission.
Understand the epidemiology and transmission pathways of diarrhoea in coastal communities.
Assess social and local governance systems in relation to disaster and health management
Role of PD is to ensure the following:
1.Establish a platform for community involvement and multi stakeholder participation
2.Co-develop innovative interventions for communities’ empowerment and action through participatory and behavioural change methodologies.
3.Build capacity of key influencers and champions to facilitate behavioural change
4.Identify and engage key decision makers (formal and informal) for support and adoption of methodologies
5.Develop capacity of OTMS on innovative interventions and market opportunities
|Stakeholder mapping||Stakeholders mapped out for project participation: MMDAs, community leaders (assemblymen/women) – key contacts established|
|Facilitating community entries and recognisance survey||Project introduced to stakeholders & commencement of field work in five coastal communities; Atiteti, Anyaniu, Anyako-Volta Region, Mumford-Central Region and Opetewei-Greater Accra Region.|
Engagement and facilitating Meeting with Community Leaders
|Community and stakeholders’ engagement were broaden and deepened with knowledge shared on the project|