In April 2020, Reach Out NGO got funding from UNICEF to carry out a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) against COVID-19 in Ekondo Titi. The aim of this project was to support 30 remote rural communities to be more prepared to face COVID-19, by setting up hand-washing stations,
Ekondo Titi stands a high risk of COVID-19 because despite the ban on movement across international boundaries, people still move illegally to and from Nigeria. In order to limit the chances of the Covid 19 spread, Reach Out NGO was there to sensitise community members on basic ways to prevent the virus, such as the importance of social distancing, hand washing, and possibly staying at home.
Reach Out NGO coached 30 health workers in Ekondo Titi on the proper use of Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) like gloves, masks, apron, goggles and shoes. They were also sensitized on signs and symptoms of COVID-19 such as dry cough, sneeze, body pain and weakness, headache, runny nose, difficulty in breathing and fever. As an achievement, a total of 250 WASH stations were placed in 30 communities of the Ekondo Titi Health District by Reach Out with funding from UNICEF. Each WASH station comprises of all basic items needed for proper hand washing. The community contributed to set-up the stands, and vowed to keep its maintanance.