Conakry, 11 June, 2020 / 7:07 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Church in Guinea is, through its development and humanitarian arm Caritas Guinea, reaching out to the Government of the West African nation in a partnership that is set to benefit at least 2,650 household affected by COVID-19 through awareness messages, health kits and training of health personnel, the leadership of the Conakry-based Church organization reported.
“As always when there are emergencies, our organization comes alongside the State to fight against evil. We have therefore decided to support the Guinean State in the fight against this pandemic through raising awareness, distribution of kits, and also with the support of health structures by strengthening the capacity of health personnel,” the Director of Caritas Guinea, Gerard Ansou Bangoura has been quoted as saying.
Supported by Caritas Internationalis, the partnership initiative that was launched Wednesday, June 10 aims at reaching out to at least 2,650 households comprising “the most destitute who don't have the minimum to meet their needs,” the Caritas Guinea Director said.
“We have more than 200 young animators who are on the ground distributing these kits and who will spread the awareness message,” added the Caritas official.
As part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, Guinea President Alpha Conde announced a state of emergency alongside other measures including closing borders, shutting down schools, banning large gatherings, and restricting movement out of the country’s capital, Conakry in March.