Action Against COVID-19 - Prevention and...

Action Against COVID-19 - Prevention and Reduction

Following the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia in March 2020, CHCA started operating in IDP Collective Centres in response to the needs of IDPs and the problems caused by COVID-19. The problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have had a particularly severe impact on the population living in IDP Collective Centres. CHCA and its International Partners have started providing emergency humanitarian assistance to prevent spread and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 30,000 IDPs in Georgia live in 300 Collective Centres which have been described as in poor condition and unsuitable for habitation. The residents suffer from poverty, unemployment, and poor conditions in the decaying infrastructure. According to a metric created by CHCA to highlight the Collective Centres most in need, CHCA selected 100 Collective Centres with particularly poor sanitary conditions. In these Collective Centres, CHCA began COVID-19 Relief activities which continue to this day.
The work which was undertaken for 5 months within the project have significantly improved the situation of IDPs.

Improving Hygiene and Sanitation

Infrastructure for hygiene and sanitation has been improved since the identification of the 15 most vulnerable Collective Centres. Community members volunteered to assist with the renovation work, which included the construction and rehabilitation of water systems such as: washbasins, toilets, and kitchens.
More than 900 people will benefit from the improved infrastructure.

eLearning Spaces

In 10 collective Centres, eLearning Spaces were created along with necessary equipment, the technical administration of which is taken care of by women trained within the project. The young women underwent a training course on the following topics: management and IT programs; effective community management in a pandemic; identify problems and respond to them; first aid in a pandemic.
More than 300 IDPs will use the study rooms.

Disinfection of Collective Centres

In order to improve hygeine and sanitation, disinfection was carried out in the 100 selected Collective Centres. General sanitary items and disinfectants were distributed, and were used to disinfect the common areas, including stairs and bathrooms.
Irakli Kochua, Project Manager:
"As part of the project, we assessed the overall condition of the buildings to assess the poor living conditions of IDPs and also to assess their health status and health risks."

From 100 collective Centres studied:

  • 32 collective Centres are not subject to repair;
  • The sustainability of 56 buildings is satisfactory, but rehabilitation is not recommended in terms of cost-effectiveness;
  • In 82 settlements, residents enjoy shared toilets, the condition of which is deplorable;
  • In 54 settlements the roof is completely replaceable;
  • Residents of 66 settlements do not have bathrooms (neither individual nor common);
  • In 64 settlements there is no sewerage system at all, and in 20 it is under repair and in fact does not function;
  • Water supply is maintained at z facilities;
  • Only residents of 19 settlements use natural gas; 

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