- As the COVID19 pandemic hit the world and some African countries had already been affected IPH took an active role as a Public Health Consultancy through its Task Force comprising members from the Staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- Joined KCMUCo administration in formulating institutional COVID19 prevention guidelines and ensure implementation to protect all staff and students while in college. Both staff and students were trained on COVID19 and after college closure, a survey was also conducted to understand their attitudes and perceptions on COVID19.
- Worked in hand with District Medical Officers and District COID Task Force in Moshi Municipal and Hai identifying key hotspots areas such as bars, hotels, mama ntilie, saloons, and market and coming up with specific prevention strategies that can be implemented by service providers. They also worked to formulate policies and standard operating procedures that will guide Ward leaders as they educate the community on COID19 prevention.
- Worked in hand with religious leaders in Moshi rural in developing preventive measures and training their followers on safe practices as they meet for their religious practice. This was done at Mwika Bible college. (pictures/videos)
- Develop educational materials in the Swahili language that would raise community awareness on COVID 19 and shared them with other health stakeholders. This included Wall and street posters, fliers, short audio, and visual messages. Some important issues addressed wear: proper mask use, hand washing techniques, mental challenges on times of COVID19 also how to tackle them and chest exercises to help COVID19 victims get relief.
- Developed generic training tools (PPT) and data collection tools and shared them with other stakeholders addressing COVID1 including learning institutions and EGPAF. You may access this here (link)
- Developed model hand washing equipment and handled to Ward officers for COVID19 prevention to be adopted and used in public areas. This was done in Moshi and Arusha.
- Trained commercial offices that provide frequently used services such as male and female saloons on COVID19 prevention practices and creating safe working spaces. This included how to sanitize their equipment and instruct their customers in observing physical distance.
- Visited market areas around Moshi Municipal and worked in hand with Market leaders to instruct and observe the implementation of all COVID19 prevention measures during market hours. These included hand washing, physical distancing, and disinfecting surfaces. This was done for the Mbuyuni market, Manyema market, and Soko la Kati.
Partnered with Broadcasting Media Houses to reach a broader community in Kilimanjaro with COVID19 awareness. This was done through several organized Radio sessions where health experts including doctors from KCMC Hospital Medical Department offered education on COVID19 including its transmission mode, health effects, and prevention measures. Here listeners had a chance to ask questions and get accurate information. This was also great platform myths and misinformation was a corrected example; the rumor that Youths could not contract COVID19 or that it was a disease of the rich people. Radios station reached were Kili FM, Sauti ya Injili, Radio Kicheko, Hai Radio, Moshi FM, and Fountain Radio.