Kinshasa, 08 May, 2021 / 2:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has, in a report, outlined its efforts in supporting the fight against COVID-19 in African countries.
“Health and prevention advice are also being shared when our staff and volunteers are giving out soap and emergency food packages to vulnerable families in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya, to ensure that those at particular risk of the virus can survive this crisis,” CAFOD officials says in the report issued Thursday, May 6.
They note that “lessons learned from the Ebola outbreaks in Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo meant that our local teams rapidly reached out to faith leaders with accurate information and safely organized training sessions.”
“These leaders are rooted in their communities - a trusted presence - with exceptional reach and impact, ensuring that everyone receives the life-saving hygiene information they need,” CAFOD leadership adds in the May 6 report.
In the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, CAFOD leadership has engaged people who are “working with local church radio networks and aid experts to deliver vital hygiene messages via radio, in hard-to-reach areas.”