AICC Through Women Economic Empowerment Project-Sensitize Cooperative Members on COVID-19
- Created: Tuesday, 21 April 2020 08:02
- Published: Tuesday, 21 April 2020 08:02
COVID-19 is transforming the way people live, work, buy, and relate to one another, and the changes seem to come by the minute. This global pandemic has inspired both fear and hope; closing business while encouraging innovation; forcing us to keep our distance while at the same time bringing us closer together. In the center of fear, confusion, and anxiety, African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) recognize the fundamental truth that it is not the time to abandon our stakeholders. It’s time to double down.
When it comes to COVID-19, corporate citizenship efforts, taking the right approach and tone is essential. As one way of reaching out to care for our stakeholders, AICC is sensitizing cooperatives on how they can protect themselves from COVID-19. This has been shown when women economic empowerment (WEE) project officers visited some of the cooperatives in Mchinji to sensitize the leaders of the cooperatives on how they can protect themselves from the pandemic. Few leaders of different cooperatives were met as one way of minimizing group gatherings and the one meter apart sitting plan was observed accordingly.
AICC officers sensitizing cooperative leaders on COVID-19 at Mkhunguyembe cooperatives in Mkanda, Mchinji
Since we are in the midst of an information technology revolution which has virtually contracted the world and has affected almost every walk of life. The cooperative leaders have been told that AICC will continue providing extension services through virtual communication like phone calls, and SMSs. The cooperatives welcomed the idea as they are already using the technology in receiving price messages for agricultural products from ACE platform.
Cooperatives have been asked to reduce number of people attending their meetings and the amount of time they are supposed to be in a meeting. They have also been told to wash their hands frequently with soap and water; Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth; cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue or a soft paper and throw it away after use and practice social distancing. Emphasis was made to the cooperative leaders to follow all the protective measures which the government is announcing to mitigate the spread of the disease and if they suspect any symptom like dry cough, fever and short breathe, they need to consult health personnel for a medical help, as the symptoms does not necessarily mean that one has the illness.