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Empowering Community Gatekeepers on COVID-19.

Combating Covid-19 threats in 516 Villages through training of CHVs(T.O.Ts) & distribution of Handwashing facilities in high traffic places.

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The greatest message was from the WHO Director-General who said "our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. Its fear, rumours and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity". The message emphasises on the importance of proper and factual information to the masses to dispel fears, prevent panic and increase healthy behaviour change

HopeCore entirely relies on information and updates from the World Health Organization(WHO) and the Kenya Ministry of Health(K-MOH). We have informed all HopeCore staff to avoid sharing social media content on Corona that is not from WHO OR K-MOH as a strategy to avoiding speculation and misinformation, we think this should be done globally. 

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Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

This information inspired HopeCore as primary health care providers to develop various educative materials that CHVs could use to empower the Community on Covid19. We have scheduled an open training session for 21 Community units where only 10 members are trained per session. We have clear training SOPs for mitigating infections. We have also distributed tanks and handwashing soap to 10 high traffic places eg markets and bus stations across the sub-counties. HopeCore's CHVs training module on COVID-19 has been adopted by Tharaka Nithi County Department of Health Services and Sanitation and it's now being used to train 1000 Community Health Volunteers in the county. 


Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Village HopeCore's CHVs are equipped with android phones that have an application tool that they use in educating and collecting data in the Community. We have developed voiceover presentations and other educative materials on COVID-19 that we have shared to 206 CHVs across Mwimbi and Muthambi Sub-counties. In 48 hours we created a network of 206 Covid-19 CHVs-TOTs across 516 villages. The County Government has also adopted HopeCore's training Module on COVID-19 for training all 1000CHVs.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • WHO (World Health Organization)

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

What is the actual data of people who recovered given the testing rate is low in the country hence the possibility of missed cases who may have had mild symptoms and recovered without seeking medical attention? Medication used to manage the condition? if there is a chance of the condition to re-occur? Are they allowed to interact freely with others or are they still under quarantine?


What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

The most uninformed population on Covid-19 are the populations in remote villages where access to digital media is a challenge. For instance, over 50% of the elderly in Mwimbi and Muthambi Sub-counties are illiterate, in contrary, the Covid-19 information ie posters and news is done in English. This is a huge barrier to Covid-19 awareness creation globally.

What is your current profession?

Community Health Health Worker & Grants and Fundraising Officer.

In what city are you located?

Tharaka Nithi County

In what country are you located?

Eastern Kenya.


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Hi sylvanus okumu great t read through your inspiration and the work you are already doing

Photo of sylvanus  okumu

Thank you, Isaac, for your comment on work.
We would appreciate& suggestions questions that would help us improve on our intervention.