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Caritas Guinea Partners with Government to Help Over 2,600 Households amid COVID-19 Crisis

Members of Caritas Guinea distributing health kits to some vulnerable families in Conakry.

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. 

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In April, the Head of State imposed a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, ordered the compulsory wearing of face masks and extended the state of emergency to May 15.

At the expiry of the state of emergency on May 15, the Guinean government declared the declared the cessation of travel in and out of Guinea's capital, Conakry, which is the epicenter of the disease.

The West African nation has recorded 4,258 cases of COVID-19 including 2,942 recoveries and 23 deaths. 

Speaking at the launch of the program, the Vice Mayor of Kaloum, one of the divisions in the capital, Conakry, Abdoul Gassim Soumah acknowledged Caritas Guinea as “a partner that has always supported us.”

“Our teams will go to the neighborhoods for the distribution and show them how to use them and thus put out of our country this filthy disease that has put all activities on hold,” the Vice Mayor said adding, “We are going to make each other aware of the need to protect ourselves and others; show them how to regularly use these kits for the well-being of the population. This is not the time for words but for action.”

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He underscored the need for COVID-19 awareness among the citizenry saying, “Let the whole population become aware of the existence of the disease and that it can attack a rich person, a poor person, a child. So, we have to respect barrier gestures.”