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We must not leave our rural communities behind in the fight against Covid19

I publish for community newspapers targeting rural communities.

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A report on CNBC on how Corvid 19 is now hitting rural America, and very hard. The sparsely populated areas are ill equipped to deal with the rapid spreads, and mayors and county officials are pointing to a major lack of testing and medical supplies for patients. 

In neighbouring South Africa, the numbers have swelled. And SA shares the samed rural set-up as Zimbabwe.

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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?

As a media house which covers rural communities, there is need to do more to educate and save lives in these marginalised areas.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Through Facebook (, twitter (theobserverzim), on our website (

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • NGO or Non-profit Organization
  • SMS Alerts

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

We are not missing any information as we are subscribed to WHO and are kept abreast of what is happening in the world and especially in Africa.

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

The rural communities are being left behind. In Zimbabwe at the start of the 21 day lockdown on 30 March, thousands of urban dwellers trekked to their rural homes. Who knows if they are carrying the virus, and will be spreading it there. are the rural communities ready and prepared to deal with the scourge? What measures can they adopt to stay safe and stop the spread of the virus and certain death.

What is your current profession?

I am a journalist and I publish four newspapers whih target rural communities.

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A discussion with a rural boy who had just made a makeshift mask from grass to protect himself against the corona virus.

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Photo of Bhuvana Sekar

This is very true and relatable. Situation in India as well :