European Union (EU) and Ministry of Finance has donated community washing stations and re-usable face masks to support the fight against COVID 19 in Ghana
The European Union Delegation to Ghana, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, is donating, this Friday, 8th May, washing stations, Veronica buckets and reusable face masks to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), to polyclinics in Accra, and to local markets.
These form part of several actions that the EU is undertaking to support, together with EU Members States and implementing partners, the fight against COVID 19 in Ghana in the coming months.
The donation consists of community washing stations, Veronica buckets and face masks to local communities. It is a small action that will have a great impact among local communities.
It will be accompanied by a communication campaign, conducted by NGO Plastic Punch, on how to use and wash properly reusable masks, according to the Ghanaian Government recommendations.
The first places where the donation will take place are the Accra Metropolitan Assembly City Hall, Mamprobi Polyclinic, Kaneshie Polyclinic and Ussher Polyclinic.
The response of the EU in Ghana is not only donation of materials and awareness campaigns. The EU has been working closely with implementing partners and beneficiaries of European funds all over the country to direct some of the activities of the different programmes to the fight against the pandemic and to support the most vulnerable communities.
Furthermore, the EU is working with the Government of Ghana on a budget support operation to support the government response to the pandemic. The operation will take the form of a direct grant and will be finalised in the coming weeks.
Overall, the EU and its Member States – #Team Europe – have mobilised more than Euro 100 million to support Ghana’s response to COVID19.
Examples of projects contributing to the fight against COVID19 in Ghana
CSO-RISE – Civil Society Organisation in Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development
The “Northern Ghana Integrated Development Project: promoting opportunities for sustainable agriculture, social protection and decent work in the agrarian sector”, implemented by the NGO Action Aid will use around 385,000 EUR of their budget in the donation of soap, hand sanitizers, reusable nose masks, and veronica buckets to rural communities.
The project will also provide food supplies to 5,000 vulnerable households to mitigate the hardship imposed by COVID-19.
European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF)
The EUTF was created to address the root causes of instability, forced displacement and irregular migration, and to contribute to better migration management. 3 of the projects financed under the EUTF will contribute to the EU response:
EU – IOM Joint initiative for migrant protection and reintegration
The project will distribute protective equipment to communities, bought as much as possible from returned migrants businesses (especially tailors); will sensitize about protective measures, using art to promote the message, such as graffities or a new song from the IOM goodwill ambassador Kofi Kinaata; will advocate against gender-based violence, since this issue is even more important when people have to stay at home.
Boosting green employment and enterprise opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn)
A new GrEEn project will have short term actions, such as supporting the digitalization of Government to person payments (i.e. medical workers, school scholarships, etc.) to maximize social distancing.
In addition, it will support the economic recovery by backing Ghanaian innovation and MSMEs for example with the local production of material against Covid-19, such as visors made in incubators.
SBS project (Strengthening Border Security in Ghana)
The SBS project which will support the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), a key stakeholder in the fight against the spread of the contagion, by providing them with protective equipment, such as masks and sanitisers, and vehicles for better patrol controls.
More projects financed by the EU will organise specific action to support the fight against COVID19 in the coming weeks.