The Syrian Arab Red Crescent continues its response, which aims to effectively contribute in protecting people in Daraa from the threat of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, as the volunteers of the Health Awareness Promotion Team at the beginning of october began an awareness campaign for school children in Daraa and its countryside, on the correct way to wash hands. the campaign included so far 72 schools separated in the following areas: (Daraa City, Daraa Al-Balad, Al-Sadd Road, Tafas, Izraa, Nahteh, the eastern Maliha, the western Maliha, Malihat Al-Atash), in addition to distributing soap to students, with the support of TGH.
What did the first and second phases of the campaign include?
After continuous work that lasted for about 8 weeks, the number of students benefiting from the campaign in its first and second phases – which is implemented by the Health Awareness Promotion team- reached more than 40,000 students, and the number of soap dispensed reached 43,794, as part of the campaign that began in October and will continue until the end of December.
Previous distribution campaign
During the month of September, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carried out a similar awareness campaign in the countryside of Daraa, with the aim of contributing to protecting the people from the COVID-19 pandemic, as volunteers worked to enhance awareness about the importance of washing hands and following other precautionary measures, in addition to distributing 94,900 soaps on 11,862 families in the following areas: (Al-Herak, Khirbet) Ghazali, Alma, Bussr al-Harir).
Health promotion program and its strategy
It is a program of the water project in the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, established in 2013, as it aims to enable people to take the necessary measures to prevent and limit the spread of diseases related to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.
In achieving its objectives, the program relies on a three-pronged strategy:
• Raise awareness of the basic concepts of diseases related to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.
• Securing supplies for the prevention of diseases related to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.
• Supporting healthy behaviors among community members and following the method of purposeful communication to change behavior.
Hand washing is a simple way to prevent many diseases
Viruses that affect the respiratory system, such as Coronavirus, are spread when mucus or respiratory droplets enter your body through your eyes, nose or throat. Often times, the virus can spread easily from one person to another through the hands, so one of the easiest and most important ways to prevent the spread of diseases is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and in the context of preventing the spread of Covid-19 disease and preventing it, you must ensure that you wash your hands at the following times:
• After you cough or sneeze.
• After visiting public places, including public transportation, markets and places of worship.
• After touching surfaces outside the home.
• Before, during, and after caring for a sick person.
• Before and after eating.
• After playing, after getting off the toilet.