Disseminate IPC guidance and messages for home and community care providers in local languages and adopt relevant communication channels.
Support access to water and sanitation (WASH) for health services in public places and community spaces most at risk, including handwashing facilities in high-risk spaces focusing on isolation and treatment centres.
Improve WASH facilities in designated health facilities for COVID isolation centres.
IPC in non-treatment health facilities including training, equipment and guidelines in PHC and rural health facilities.
Infection control supplies such as soap, water tanks, hand sanitizer, water purification supplies are being sent to states.
State-level WASH assessments of isolation centres were conducted, and response plans were prepared for West Darfur, Central Darfur, White Nile, Kassala, Red Sea, Gedaref and Sennar states.
IOM through the migrant resource and response centre (MRRC) in Khartoum is undertaking protection activities, such as phone-based medical and PSS counselling to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable migrants. In addition, IOM is distributing medicine and PPEs to migrants in Khartoum State. Additional support items are in the pipeline to provide PPE and hygiene items to migrant children and youth who have been stranded at Islamic schools in Khartoum and Gedaref due to the containment measures currently in place.
A total of nine isolation centres in Blue Nile, Sennar, Gezira and River Nile states with the capacity to handle a combined 1,080 patients received UNICEF WASH COVID-19 related supplies. The supplies are expected to cover WASH needs for the next three months. They consist of 360 kg of chlorine powder for the preparation of 46,800 liters of chlorine disinfection solution; 3,000 liters of alcohol sanitizers; 6,480 bars of soap for handwashing; and 16 water storage tanks with the total capacity of 80,000 liters.
Eight isolation centres in Blue Nile, Sennar, White Nile and Kassala states were provided with water storage tanks, water connections, innovative handwashing facilities and had their latrines rehabilitated benefitting around 960 people (current and expected COVID-19 caseload) and medical staff.
UNFPA supported the SMoH in White Nile State in carrying out two IPC and case management trainings for community midwives. In total, UNFPA has trained 892 community midwives, 254 Obstetrics and Gynecologists and 308 Healthcare providers on IPC to address any gaps and defects in infection prevention and control as well as to insure maximum protection of health care providers and patients.
The Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), in coordination with UNHCR, distributed soap in Abu Jubaiha locality, South Kordofan State, targeting 2,293 refugees. The distribution is a reinforcement measure on COVID-19 preparedness, prevention and response for refugees living in the area. COVID-19 awareness messages were delivered to the targeted population and precautionary measures such as physical distancing, were enforced during the distribution.
UNHCR distributed hand sanitizers in South Darfur State. In addition, information posters were distributed, and awareness messages delivered through community leaders, reaching 5,000 people. In Khartoum State, a soap was distributed exercise in “Open-Areas” was halted, due to the curfew and movement restrictions implemented in the State since mid-April. However, before the distribution stopped 7,900 people were reached in the Bantiu “Open Area”. Fortunately, the exercise was completed mid-May through COR, distributing an additional 17,088 pieces of soap.
The women’s prison in Omdurman needs hygiene and PPE items for 149 Sudanese and 100 South Sudanese female prisoners, along with COVID-19 awareness raising activities.