The NBCC coalition and its partners are intensifying their efforts towards the fight against Covid-19 by delivering more hand washing stations to grass root communities in high risk areas. Speaking while on a visit in Kawangware to assess the impact and penetration of the hand washing stations, NBCC chairperson Myriam Sidibe lauded the collaborative synergy with respective coalition partners that have delivered interventions to every corner of Kenya.
With a primary mission to limit the spread of Covid-19, NBCC has leveraged on the strengths of different partners capitalizing on their networks, associations and established systems to help deliver on its objectives. In Kawangware, the Implementation partner Jonathan Jackson Foundation (JJF) represented by their chairperson Jonathan Jackson echoed Dr. Sidibes sentiments by reaffirming their desire to keep the community Covid-19 free.
Over the years we have woven ourselves to the fabrics of this community through close collaboration with administration and community leaders and using football via Owning Nairobi City Stars said Mr. Jonathan Jackson and this has allowed us to gain community confidence in placing and managing of hand washing stations by community members besides amplifying the hygiene and behaviour change communication in these communities. He added, “This acceptance in this community is a priceless bonus as we are able to articulate NBCC’s narrative, have our hand washing stations manned and our staff accepted as being part of the positive change and narrative happening in this community.”
During the visit, two hand washing stations one located outside a retail shop and another next to the biggest vegetable market in Kawangware were visited. Both showed community acceptance and usage of the stations with vendors in both locations appreciative of the intervention as it kept them and their customers during this pandemic period.
Present at the function was Nairobi City Stars CEO Patrick Korir noted over 80 percent of his players live in these communities and these players have been deployed to make checks to ensure the hand stations are in usable conditions.
In her closing remarks, Dr. Sidibe noted even as we celebrate success, we remain cognizant that the war is still yet to be won and as such we will intensify our efforts as we continue to create appeal to like minded corporates, private sector and donors to jointly pull resources to combat Covid -19 in Kenya and East Africa.