Category: Response plans

Category: Response plans

Feminist Response to COVID-19

As COVID-19 pandemic continue to ravage from all spheres, Feminist organizations and activists working across global movements centered on human rights, sustainable development, and economic and social justice came together in a moment of collective organizing to outline key principles for a just and resilient recovery from the ongoing global pandemic, as well as to track responses and uplift collective action of feminists around the world. “Another World is Possible: A Feminist Monitoring & Advocacy Toolkit for Our Feminist Future” translates Feminist Response to COVID-19 Principles into guidance and evidence-based recommendations for advocacy and policymaking towards a world free from violence, where human rights and gender equality are fulfilled, and where the health and well-being of all peoples’ and the planet are ensured.

Click here to access Feminist Response to COVID-19 website.

GUIDELINES FOR INSPECTION OF EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS ON STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

Following the Presidential pronouncement to have a phased reopening of Education Institutions starting October 15, 2020, the Ministry of Education and Sports in collaboration with Ministry of Local Government will be carrying out a National wide Inspection to ascertain the readiness and compliance of with the standard operational procedures (SOPs). These guidelines are intended to help the teams that will carry out the inspection. It is important for the inspection team to understand the key issues regarding stopping the spread of COVID-19 to enable them guide Educational Institutions.

FINAL GUIDELINES FOR INSPECTION ON COMPLIANCE TO SOPs as at 1ST OCTOBER-3

FINAL TOOL for Standard Operating Procedures as at 1ST OCTOBER

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the number of women unable to access family planning, facing unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence and other harmful practices could skyrocket by millions of cases in the months ahead, according to data released today by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.

The research reveals the enormous scale of the impact COVID-19 is having on women as health systems become overloaded, facilities close or only provide a limited set of services to women and girls, and many choose to skip important medical checkups through fear of contracting the virus. Global supply chain disruptions may also lead to significant shortages of contraceptives and gender-based violence is expected to soar as women are trapped at home for prolonged periods.

“This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally. The pandemic is deepening inequalities, and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director. “Women’s reproductive health and rights must be safeguarded at all costs. The services must continue; the supplies must be delivered; and the vulnerable must be protected and supported.”

KEY PROJECTIONS:

47 million women in 114 low- and middle-income countries may not be able to access modern contraceptives and 7 million unintended pregnancies are expected to occur if the lockdown carries on for 6 months and there are major disruptions to health services. For every 3 months the lockdown continues, up to an additional 2 million women may be unable to use modern contraceptives.
31 million additional cases of gender-based violence can be expected to occur if the lockdown continues for at least 6 months. For every 3 months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million extra cases of gender-based violence are expected.
Due to the disruption of programmes to prevent female genital mutilation in response to COVID-19, 2 million female genital mutilation cases may occur over the next decade that could have been averted.
COVID-19 will disrupt efforts to end child marriage, potentially resulting in an additional 13 million child marriages taking place between 2020 and 2030 that could otherwise have been averted.
UNFPA is working with governments and partners to prioritize the needs of women and girls of reproductive age and to respond urgently during the challenging public health emergency. Our priorities are focusing on strengthening health systems, procuring and delivering essential supplies to protect health workers, ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services, and promoting risk communication and community engagement.

The research was conducted by UNFPA, with contributions from Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University (USA) and Victoria University (Australia). Its projections were based upon recent UNFPA research into what will be required to achieve the organization’s goals by 2030. For each estimate, researchers projected the direct impact of COVID-19 on the issue in question and combined it with the disruption to global prevention programmes caused by the pandemic.

Originally published on UNDP Website

Increasing Religious Gathering During The Kingdom Of Eswatini COVID-19 Partial Lockdown .

The Ministry of Home Affairs today held training workshop at the Mountain Inn Hotel in Mbabane with different religious stakeholders on increasing religious gathering during the Kingdom of Eswatini COVID-19 partial lockdown .

The workshop came following the issuance of new Covid_19 guidelines for religious gatherings by Hounarable Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini on Friday the 3rd of July 2020. The Prime Minister announced that places of worship will need to obtain a compliance permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs in order to operate. Assessment will be made for each applicant to determine readiness.  “The full observance of two meter (2m) distance between individuals will determine the numbers allowed indoors” said Dlamini.

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King Urges Nation To Heed To Health Precautions As Partial Lockdown Is Eased.

06 May 2020: His Majesty King Mswati III has thanked EmaSwati from all walks of life for their efforts in helping the country fight COVID-19.

Speaking at a press briefing at Ludzidzini Royal Residence, His Majesty paid tribute, in particular, to the country’s frontline workers while urging EmaSwati to continue observing all health guidelines and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

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Statement By H.E The Rt Hon Prime Minister Mr Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini At The Covid 19 Sensitization Exercise Mhlambanyatsi Inkhundla Wednesday 3 June 2020

STATEMENT BY H.E THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

 MR AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE COVID 19 SENSITIZATION EXERCISE

 MHLAMBANYATSI INKHUNDLA

 WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE 2020

 

Your Royal Highnesses

Chiefs

Honourable Ministers

Speaker of the House of Assembly & MP for Mhlambanyatsi Inkhundla

Members of both Houses of Parliament

Regional Administrator

COVID 19 National Task Team

Members of the Regional Task Team

Senior Government officials

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

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Statement By H.E. The Right Hon. Prime Minister Mr. Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini At The Ilo Global Summit On COVID 19 And The World Of Work 2020

GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

STATEMENT BY H.E. THE RIGHT HON. PRIME MINISTER

MR. AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

 AT THE ILO GLOBAL SUMMIT ON COVID 19 AND THE WORLD OF WORK 2020 (VIRTUAL)

 MBABANE

WEDNESDAY 08 JULY 2020

 

The Kingdom of Eswatini congratulates the International Labour Organization for remaining steadfast and providing leadership as well as material support to its constituent partners in these unprecedented times of COVID 19.

Convening the Virtual ILO Global Summit on COVID 19 and the World of Work gives us as constituent members of this organization hope that, notwithstanding the novelty of COVID 19, it will never be bigger than our natural inclination to get together and solve our problems as a collective.

The ILO is known for dialogue and collective problem solving. I hope that the organization will draw deep into its wealth of experience and use that to contain the spread and effects of COVID 19 in the world.

Since the outbreak of COVID 19, over 10 million have tested positive and slightly above 500,000 have died worldwide. In Eswatini the first positive case was reported on the 14th March, 2020.

At the outbreak of the disease the Kingdom of Eswatini, under the leadership of His Majesty the King Mswati III, declared a National Emergency on the 17th March 2020 and thereafter promulgated Corona Virus Regulations which were followed by specific guidelines dealing with sector specific prevention measures.

The guidelines were developed through consultative processes by various clusters of the National Emergency Task team which includes workers and employer representatives. The overarching objective of the National Emergency was to delay the upsurge of cases and allow our health system to better prepare and not be overwhelmed. The guidelines which came with the declaration of a partial lockdown included restricting movement of people, ensuring maximum adherence to hygiene protocols and health precautions, among others. These guidelines were drawn mainly from those provided by the WHO and ILO.

Our resources to contain the spread the spread of the disease have been stretched. International development partners, citizens and business organizations have generously contributed in replenishing these much needed resources.

Partners who have contributed, in no particular order of size of contribution, include the Kingdom of Morocco, Taiwan, USA, India, Kirsh Foundation, Business Eswatini, Eswatini National Provident Fund, UNDP, WHO, ILO and many others without whom the fight against the disease would have been much harder.

We still welcome partners who may wish to contribute to our COVID 19 Resource Mobilization drive as we anticipate a need for even more resources to recover the economy, cushion affected businesses and workers as well as support our health sector.

As a country we have done everything possible to protect loss of employment as a result of COVID 19 and issued guidelines on employment contingency measures which amongst other things provided for:

  • Employment arrangements to mitigate against loss of earnings;
  • Interim Measures for Workplace Governance which specifically address processes to lay off employees during the COVID 19 pandemic, control on retrenchments, variation of contracts of employment, wages councils negotiations and occupational safety and health for all workers and, in particular, health care workers.

As layoffs have been increasing in the past months, Government has established a Relief Fund for workers who have been laid off. Todate, 12000 workers are expected to benefit from the Fund. This is a short term relief and workers will benefit for a maximum of two months.

It has thus become urgent for the country to set up an Unemployment Insurance Scheme to cushion workers in times such as these. We wish to thank the ILO for the budget support to initiate the UIF in Eswatini. The Government of Eswatini will mobilize local resources to also contribute to this exercise.

The ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, 2019 is indeed appropriate for post COVID 19 world of work as it aptly packages how leaders of governments together with our social partners ( Workers and Employers) can rise up to the challenge and :

  • Increase investment in people’s capabilities;
  • Increase investment in the institutions of work; and
  • Increase investment in decent and sustainable work.

In conclusion, may I reaffirm the Government of Eswatini’s commitment to the values and principles of the ILO.

Thank you

Enabling and Accelerating the National Response to the Impact of COVID-19

On 6 March, Togolese authorities announced the first COVID-19 case. On 20 March, Togo confirmed nine more cases. Seven additional confirmed cases were reported on 21 March. As of 25 March, 23 confirmed cases were reported. After an extraordinary council of ministers, the government established the following measures: suspending flights from Italy, France, Germany, and Spain; cancelling all international events for three weeks; requiring people who were recently in a high-risk country to self-isolate; closing their borders; and prohibiting events with more than 100 people effective 19 March. As the virus continues to spread, the Government took additional measures to control the transmission in Togo and enacted border closure. The cities of Lomé, Tsévié, Kpalimé and Sokodé have been quarantined starting on 20 March for two weeks.

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