The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BMF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MOHCDGEC) with financial support from UNICEF has kicked off the implementation of COVID-19 community response in Dar es Salaam Region on 6th May 2020 focusing on community surveillance, contact tracing, and health education.
Speaking during the orientation of health Officers that took place within their respective councils, Dr. Happiness Willbroad – BMF Program Manager for Community and Social Welfare said Health Officers have been engaged as Trainer of Trainers (TOTs) to train Community Health Workers (CHWs) at the wards level, who soon expected to be sub-contracted to reach the communities at their respective streets.
“This intervention focuses on strengthening the supervisory structure and implementation of COVID-19 community response interventions using CHWs and Community Volunteers for community surveillance, contact tracing, and health education in Dar-es-salaam.” She added
A total of 166 Health Officers from Ilala, Kinondoni, Temeke, Ubungo, and Kigamboni Councils were trained at that first stage of community health intervention implementation. In attendance were also MoHCGEC, Regional, and District Health Management Teams.
Health Officers who have received training acknowledged that the training will enhance their capacity to facilitate the implementation of community health interventions against COVID-19.
“This kind of training will enable us to manage community health workers at the community level, not only to supervise but also to train them on their wellbeing so that they continue giving health education to the community. CHWs have the most support as they are closest to the community.” Said Mr. Nsajigwa Emmanuel Mwakyusa – Health Officer from Kurasini Ward -Temeke Municipal Council.
The intervention is expected to cover 565 streets within 106 wards allocated within five municipal councils of the Dar es Salaam region.