Helping Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Georgia

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IOCC provided personal protective equipment and training for staff at a Church-run eldercare home in the country of Georgia, helping lower the risk of COVID-19. 
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A Successful Effort and a First-Time Partnership for IOCC 
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented challenges, but it also brings opportunities for innovation and partnership— including the beginning of IOCC’s partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). 
After its first two successful collaborations beginning in early 2020, IOCC and the WHO are now working on a third project which is focused on educating communities in western Georgia about COVID-19 protocols.
Even during the hardest days of the pandemic, the vital work of daily life had to continue. Farmers market workers, long-haul truck drivers, faith-community leaders, staff at eldercare facilities, and taxi drivers were at risk of exposure to the virus.
A series of educational workshops aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 was launched to reach these essential workers and local faith leaders—who in turn could educate their own communities. Training sessions were developed and conducted by the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti regional representative of Georgia’s National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, with content developed in cooperation with the WHO country office. 
Working with these partners, IOCC held virus-prevention workshops in several key locations across western Georgia. More than 85 truck drivers and 30 farmers market workers received personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and disinfection supplies, and informational fliers.
In addition, training was provided to 80 taxi drivers, 40 staff members at an Orthodox Church–run nursing home, and 50 faith leaders from different religions. All of them also received PPE to help them continue their vital work during the pandemic.
Since completing their sessions, these essential workers and faith leaders are better equipped to keep themselves and others safe. They are also using what they’ve learnedto influence and educate their own communities—helping to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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