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Business Being Turned Into Centres of excellence to combat COVID 19 pandemic

Business as COVId Centre of Excellence

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The COViD pandemic period will come and go we want to amplify this change by as an organization to be social engineers to bring about a change to business, all business entities to be turned in centres of excellence where we will buiilt pole and mud huts around business where people will be tested, screened and counselled, also we will have home made beds to accommodate these coming from hard to reach areas. Social distancing should continue by putting partitions that will seperate people when purchasing. Our organisation will also work with small and medium businesses in sewing masks, putting up nurseries for immune boasting herbs around business hubs.Our motto is business will not die but will be a center of building livelihoods and at the same time conquering COVID 19

What is the need are you focusing on?

Zimbabwe economy is at its lowest ebb. Economic strengthening of businesses in this region should be given the highest priority. All business and centres of excellence in Bulawayo will be stocked with masks sanitisers, IEC materials being handed over to customers, this will straighten health education system. There should also be a clinic....Community, Centre of Excellence and Business centre linkage were all these people fight the pandemic as one and make it that all materials are provided. Local smes will produce the production of local soaps using herbs such as oregano, mint rosemary and at the same moment curbing economic and social shocks.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Creating centres of excellence will provide a new Dawn of indigenous research hubs about the pandemic which will pave a way of new innovations in curbing the pandemic. At the centres they will be a combination of medical science, traditional healers, business and social development experts. This will impact positively to communities and business in the since that new discoveries will be made at the same time peer to peer health education sessions will continue.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The world at the moment is trying to find a cure and a vaccine for Covid 19 buy l believe the link between Western science and traditional medicine will bring a halt to infections and through an educational exchange between countries will bring this virus to a dead stop. Currently l have seen people taking traditional herbs to cure flu like symptoms and within two days after taking the concoctions flu is eradicated so l believe the fusion of Western and traditional medicine will bring about a change and this will be localised in local indigenous research hibs

What is the name of your business or organization?

Kgaolano Sisonke Working Together Trust Bulawayo Zimbabwe

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

We serve very Vulnerable communities in urban and rural areas. Our interventions are, Water and Sanitation, Home Grown School Feeding programs Food Security and Nutrition, Climate Action Value Chain Development and Gender Based Violence in Agriculture

What is your profession?

Agriculture and WASH

Where are you located (country)?

Bulawayo Zimbabwe

Where are you located (region)?

  • Southern Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 1-2 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

I need to be in a consortium with local research stations and acientists

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Access to information from the global front

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

I have learned that local organisations should work hand in a glove and we should touch people in hard to reach areas and a radio.commijication program should be enhanced radio listening groups should be encouraged and we should donate radios in hard to reach areas

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Ya we working with other development agrnta

Website URL

Our website is at development stage it goes like this


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