MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Revised RAS Protocol

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

Please click below to view the updated rectal artesunate (RAS) protocols for Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), in English, Chewa, Senga, and Luvale.

MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Signs and Symptoms Poster

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

Please click below to see the “Signs, Symptoms and Response” Posters in English, Bemba, Chewa, Senga, and Luvale.

MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Prevention Poster

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

Please click below to see the “COVID-19 Prevention Poster”,  in English, Bemba, Chewa, Senga, and Luvale.

MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Revised ETS Protocol

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

Please click below to see the Revised ETS Rider Protocol During COVID-19 Pandemic, in both English and Senga.

Tips for Engaging Communities during COVID-19 in Low-Resource Settings, Remotely and In-Person – April 2020

This brief provides key considerations for engaging communities on COVID-19 and tips for how to engage where there are movement restrictions and physical distancing measures in place, particularly in low-resource settings. It is designed for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, government agencies, and other humanitarian and implementing actors working on health promotion, risk communication, and community engagement for COVID-19.

This document is an initiative of the GOARN Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Coordination Working Group co-led by UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). It was developed jointly by the READY initiative [funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), Save the Children, UNICEF, UNICEF’s Social Science Analysis Cell (CASS), IFRC, WHO, CORE Group, Social Science in Humanitarian Action (SSHAP), Anthrologica, United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), CARE International, Internews, DAI, Community Health Impact Coalition, BBC Media Action, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), World Food Programme, and Catholic Relief Services, with additional input from public health consultant Sanchika Gupta. This document will be updated periodically as new guidance and practices are developed.

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Training Manual Use of Rectal Artesunate as a Pre-Referral Intervention for Severe Malaria at Community Level

Malaria incidence rates among children are very high in many rural districts of Zambia. Every year, many children die when their malaria progresses to severe malaria because they have not received appropriate or timely treatment. Many of these deaths could be avoided if communities were effectively mobilised around a child health agenda and if WHO-approved rectal artesunate (RAS) – a life-saving pre-referral treatment – were readily available at community level.

Children also suffer and sometimes lose their lives because of delayed identification of other common childhood illnesses. These include severe diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection (ARI). Gaps in knowledge of the danger signs for all these illnesses, and household and community barriers and delays that prevent prompt referral of children are responsible.

This training manual outlines a two-part training approach that can be used to:

Train selected Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to recognise and administer severe malaria in young children using rectal artesunate (RAS)

Train communities to respond promptly and appropriately to severe malaria, and to other common childhood illnesses

Increasing children’s access to life-saving treatment for severe malaria and other common childhood illnesses requires community members who can identify danger signs and know how to respond, and CHVs who can support and refer patients to the health facility. Both groups need to be trained.

Please click below to read the full training manual.

Opportunités pour maximiser les avantages des taxismotos et motos à 3 roues dans les zones rurales de la République Démocratique du Congo

Cette fiche technique a été élaborée sur la base d’une étude de 2019 sur les motos et motos à 3 roues dans les zones rurales de la RDC. Le but de l’étude était d’améliorer les connaissances et la compréhension actuelles concernant les moyens efficaces de permettre aux populations rurales de bénéficier d’une utilisation sûre des motos et des trois-roues motorisés. Les résultats de l’étude peuvent être utilisés pour améliorer le fonctionnement de ces véhicules afin de fournir un accès sûr, abordable et socialement inclusif aux communautés rurales.

Le projet a été soutenu par le gouvernement de la RDC par le biais de l’institution locale partenaire de l’AfCAP, Cellule Infrastructure, un organisme technique du ministère de l’Infrastructure, des Travaux publics et de la Reconstruction, et financé par UK Aid.

L’utilisation des motos a considérablement augmenté en Afrique subsaharienne ces dernières années. Les motos sont souvent utilisées comme taxis, les conducteurs facturant un tarif pour transporter des passagers ou des marchandises. Les trois-roues motorisés sont également utilisés dans certaines zones rurales, bien que leur nombre soit beaucoup moins élevé.

Les taxis-motos jouent un rôle essentiel pour permettre la mobilité rurale en Afrique. Dans de nombreux pays, ils sont le seul moyen de transport motorisé abordable disponible pour les personnes vivant dans les communautés rurales et sont devenus un mode de transport de plus en plus populaire.

Ils donnent accès aux soins de santé, y compris en cas d’urgence médicale, ainsi qu’aux les marchés et les installations communautaires. Ils fournissent également des emplois et génèrent un revenu raisonnable, principalement pour les jeunes hommes.

Le projet fait partie du partenariat de recherche pour l’accès communautaire (ReCAP) financé par UK Aid, dans le but de promouvoir des transports sûrs et durables pour les communautés rurales d’Afrique et d’Asie. ReCAP comprend le Partenariat d’accès communautaire en Afrique (AfCAP) et le Partenariat d’accès communautaire en Asie (AsCAP). Ces partenariats soutiennent le partage des connaissances entre les pays participants afin d’améliorer l’adoption de solutions à l’efficacité prouvée à faible coût pour l’accès rural qui maximise l’utilisation des ressources locales. Le programme ReCAP est géré par Cardno Emerging Markets (UK) Ltd.

Pour lire l’intégralité de la fiche technique, veuillez cliquer ci-dessous.

Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) in Nasarawa State, Nigeria – Technical Brief

According to the World Bank (2017), Nigeria has the fourth worst estimated maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the world of 917 deaths per 100,000 live births. Nasarawa State, located in North Central Nigeria, has been estimated to have a maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 1,000 deaths per 100,000 live births. Among the many factors contributing to the alarming MMR figures, transport availability and affordability are some of the key barriers to safe motherhood in Nasarawa. To address these constraints, Transaid established an Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) in two Local Government Authorities (LGA) in 2016-2017 that aimed to bridge the gap in available and affordable transport solutions for women seeking institutional deliveries.

Programmatic operations involved the training of ETS volunteer drivers, equipping them with the skills to safely transport women in need to a health facility in the six Local Government Authorities (LGA). Building on the learnings from this pilot intervention, in partnership with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the Ministry of Women Affairs and the Ministry of Health in Nasarawa State, ETS activities were expanded into four new LGAs in November 2017.

 

To read the full technical brief, click below.

Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) in Adamawa State, Nigeria – Technical Brief

In July 2013, Transaid, in partnership with Nigerian NGO, Society for Family Health (SFH), received funding from Comic Relief to deliver a five-year programme aimed at improving access to maternal health services for rural communities in Adamawa State. Nigeria had a Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of 576 deaths per 100,000[1] live births in 2013, one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Based on lessons learned from previous programmes including PRRINN-MNCH and the Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) programme in Gombe State, Transaid implemented an ETS in Adamawa State in collaboration with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW). This programme targeted communities living in 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs), constituting almost 3.1 million people[2], utilising the NURTW’s influence and capacity in coordinating the activities of taxi drivers nationwide.

 

To read the full technical brief, click below.

Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport Final Report: Democratic Republic of Congo

This DRC Final Report presents the DRC-specific findings of the project ‘Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport and the implications for appropriate training and regulatory frameworks’. This project was carried out in DRC between February 2019 and December 2019.

Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) is a research programme, funded by UK Aid, with the aim of promoting safe and sustainable transport for rural communities in Africa and Asia. ReCAP comprises the Africa Community Access Partnership (AfCAP) and the Asia Community Access Partnership (AsCAP). These partnerships support knowledge sharing between participating countries in order to enhance the uptake of low cost, proven solutions for rural access that maximise the use of local resources. The ReCAP programme is managed by Cardno Emerging Markets (UK) Ltd.

The research strategy and methodology is broadly based on those used during the initial four country research phase of the project, applied in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in 2018. After an initial scoping trip to DRC that took place in February 2019, the strategy was reviewed and finalised together with identifying key stakeholders and partners. Activities included a review of the regulatory framework and existing training, a survey of the benefits and disbenefits of motorcycle and three-wheeler taxis, and key informant interviews.

The results of this study can be used by the DRC government and other key stakeholders to better understand the issues related to the use of motorcycle taxis in rural areas and to develop policy and practice to maximise the benefits and minimise the disbenefits. A number of recommendations are presented in this report. A supplementary activity is being explored together with local stakeholders based on the findings of this study, in order to positively influence the conditions for operators and users of motorcycles and motorised three-wheelers.

To read the full report, please click below.

Opportunities to maximise the benefits of motorcycle and motorised three-wheeler taxis in rural Democratic Republic of Congo: Policy Brief

This policy brief has been developed based on a 2019 study of motorcycles and motorised three-wheeler taxis in rural areas of DRC. The aim of the study was to improve the current knowledge and understanding concerning the effective ways of enabling rural people to benefit from the safe use of motorcycles and motorised three-wheelers. The results of the study can be used to enhance the operation of these vehicles to provide safe, affordable and socially inclusive access for rural communities.
The project was supported by the Government of DRC through the local AfCAP partner institution Cellule Infrastructure, a technical body of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Public Works and Reconstruction, and funded by UK Aid.

The use of motorcycles has increased greatly in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years. Motorcycles are often used as taxis, with riders charging a fare to carry passengers or goods. Motorised three-wheelers are also used in some rural areas, although their numbers are far fewer.
Motorcycle taxis play a critical role in enabling rural mobility in Africa. In many countries, they are the only available means of affordable motorised transport for people living in rural communities and have become an increasingly popular mode of transport.
They provide access to healthcare, including in medical emergencies, as well as access to markets and social amenities. They also provide employment and generate a reasonable income, predominantly for young men.

This project is a part of the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) funded by UK Aid, with the aim of promoting safe and sustainable transport for rural communities in Africa and Asia. ReCAP comprises the Africa Community Access Partnership (AfCAP) and the Asia Community Access Partnership (AsCAP). These partnerships support knowledge sharing between participating countries in order to enhance the uptake of low cost, proven solutions for rural access that maximise the use of local resources. The ReCAP programme is managed by Cardno Emerging Markets (UK) Ltd.

To read the full policy brief, please click below.