Addressing Mental Health and PsychosocialAspects of COVID-19 Outbreak

Project by  World Action Fund, Kampala, Uganda
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About this project

COVID-19 pandemic causes an unprecedented time bomb in modern history that will require the best of humanity to overcome. The new coronavirus has taken thousands of lives and spread to nearly every country in the world and changes economies.

1) In any epidemic, it is common for individuals to feel stressed and worried. Common responses of people affected (both directly and indirectly) might include:
▪Fear of falling ill and dying
▪Avoiding approaching health facilities due to fear of becoming infected while in care
▪Fear of losing livelihoods, not being able to work during isolation, and of being dismissed from work
▪Fear of being socially excluded/placed in quarantine because of being associated with the disease (e.g. racism against persons who are from, or perceived to be from, affected areas)
▪Feeling powerless in protecting loved ones and fear of losing loved ones because of the virus
▪Fear of being separated from loved ones and caregivers due to quarantine regime
▪Refusal to care for unaccompanied or separated minors, people with disabilities or the elderly due to fear of infection, because parents or caregivers have been taken into quarantine
▪Feelings of helplessness, boredom, loneliness and depression due to being isolated
▪Fear of reliving the experience of a previous epidemic

Your kind donation to this will support immediate interventions of stigma, racism and gender based violence rehabilitation in vulnerable communities during one of the most challenging times we all have collectively faced.

2) Emergencies are always stressful, but specific stressors particular to COVID-19 outbreak affect the population. Stressors include:
▪Risk of being infected and infecting others, especially if the transmission mode of COVID-19 is not 100% clear
▪Common symptoms of other health problems (e.g. a fever) can be mistaken for COVID-19 and lead to fear of being infected
▪Caregivers may feel increasingly worried for their children being at home alone (due to school closures) without appropriate care and support. School closures may have a differential effect on women, who provide most of the informal care within families, with the consequences of limiting their work and economic opportunities.
▪Risk deterioration of physical and mental health of vulnerable individuals, for example older adults (Intervention 1) and people with disabilities (Intervention 2), if caregivers are placed in quarantine if other care and support is not in place.

3)Furthermore, front line workers (including nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers, case identifiers, and others) may experience additional stressors during the COVID-19 outbreak:
▪Stigmatization towards those working with COVID-19 patients and their remains
▪Strict bio security measures:-Physical strain of protective equipment-Physical isolation making it difficult to provide comfort to someone who is sick or in distress-Constant awareness and vigilance-Strict procedures to follow preventing spontaneity and autonomy
▪Higher demands in the work setting, including long work hours, increased patient numbers and keeping up-to-date with best practices as information about COVID-19 develops
▪Reduced capacity to use social support due to intense work schedules and stigma within the community towards front line workers
▪Insufficient personal or capacity to implement basic self-care, especially among people living with a disability
▪Insufficient information about the long-term exposure to individuals infected by COVID-19
▪Fear that front line workers will pass COVID-19 onto their friends and family as a result of their work

4) The constant fear, worry, uncertainties and stressors in the population during the COVID-19 outbreak can lead to long-term consequences within communities, families and vulnerable individuals:
▪Deterioration of social networks, local dynamics and economies
▪Stigma towards surviving patients resulting in rejection by communities

Use of Proceeds

Your financial and material support will enable us to continue support stressed vulnerable societies, disorder, anxieties, equipment to front line health workers, depression. It's a long history of making new recoveries, support government of Uganda National Task Force and resources available to our beneficiaries and medical professionals. New infections majorly from truck drivers are surging from 54 to over 700+, no new community infections after 2months lock down lifted in phases, businesses have partially open, with most front liners complaining of inadquate protective wears, more health workers and other front liners are getting more new infections, this is worrying and scaring, causing anxiety and stress among the workforce and the communities in Uganda. Many people are dying due to other diseases, due to inaccessible health services. Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS infections and teenage marriage on rise. Be with us, with our poor health care system, stand with us to fight the pandemic