In Côte d’Ivoire, young people are doing their part to keep their community safe, and one such person is Dédé Zeïnabou Tounkara Cissé. Having an awareness that her country will find it challenging to cope with the Coronavirus crisis because the health care system is barely managing patients with other illnesses. People who are ill can, at times, find themselves victims of fake drugs or visit informal clinics if they are unable to access health care. So Dédé then co-founded MaiSoin with Mario Romero. Dede has a background in health, with a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University.
Maison is a cloud-based mobile application that helps patients to be connected to health care providers. House medical visits are possible where needed in non-emergency cases. Examples services include follow up on patients taking medication and maternal heal consultations. Even without the internet, patients can use the app without internet and health personnel can be able to track the patient’s medical history with the app as well. The details of the patient are safe as only the patient and the person treating them have access to their information.
To find out more about MaiSoin and the projects that they are working on, you can visit their website: MaiSoin
YMCA is an international non-profit organisation that is located in many countries, including Zimbabwe. For Africa, their vision is ‘Empowering young people for the African Renaissance.’
To combat COVID-19, YMCA Zimbabwe has been doing several things. Firstly they have been creating awareness on the reality of Coronavirus and educating people on how they can keep themselves safe, and as part of this awareness campaign they went on radio.
YMCA Zimbabwe has made sure that citizens are still able to stay fit during quarantine by circulating a poster that shows different exercises that people can do indoors. Furthermore, this organisation has a writing contest for the youth with the theme, “ I AM A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN DURING THIS COVID-19 ERA!!!”
If you want to see more of their activities or connect with them, you can check out their Facebook page: YMCA ZIMBABWE
The African Union has decided to increase the effort against COVID- 19 by including African youth through the launch of the Africa Youth Front on Coronavirus initiative.This is a multi-stakeholder advocacy group of youth and intergenerational networks that will support the implementation of the African Continental Strategic Plan for the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Some youth have done consultations in regard to COVID-19 and here is an example of their findings:
-There is lack of recognition of youth’s critical role in preventing the spread of the virus and contributing to frontline responses to the global challenge
-Lack of effective and innovative communication to reach African youth in the communities who are either in denial of or fear from the virus
-Socio-Economic impact on youth (unemployment, food insecurity, gender-based violence, racism and discrimination, etc.)
The African Union is the first intergovernmental organization to create a high level policy and advocay framework for young people to co-lead Africa’s response to the pandemic, it is the African Youth Front on Coronavirus – Aya Chebbi (AU Youth Envoy)
Melrose Projects is a youth association that is based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The founder is Melisa Muraji who is passionate about empowering youth and women. Melrose has training programs that teach youth and women how to make different items such as, detergents, rugs, shoes and bags etc. They also do campaigns to discourage young people from Drug Abuse.
To help combat COVID-19 in the community, the Melrose Projects team has made hand sanitisers and freely distributed them in Mount Hampden village.They have also given out some face masks.
Some of the Future plans that Melrose Projects have to combat COVID-19 include the following:
– Carrying out awareness campaigns that encourage the youth and everyone else to abide by government instructions of social distancing. – Supplying the vulnerable with protective clothing eg masks and gloves – Supplying foodstuff to those struggling during the lockdown, so that they will not go out in the streets looking for food thereby risking their health and that of everyone else.
If you want to see more of Melrose Projects or connect with them, you can check out their Facebook page: Melrose Projects
Welcome to the African Young Warriors Fight COVID-19(AYWFC-19) series. In this series I’ll be featuring African youth that are doing their part to keep their communities safe and informed. As the rest of the world is doing their best to win the battle against Coronavirus, it’s no secret that a lot of African governments were not equipped for this kind of pandemic. Nonetheless some young African people are stepping up to the challenge, from making and distributing hand sanitisers to giving masks to the vulnerable in society. The African youth are really inspiring and have shown that they are movers and shakers in their countries.
I hope this series will inspire you to make a difference in your community, as we join hands to make the world safe again.