• Protection
  • Protection and support for Community Care Workers

  • Community health workers and other care workers are likely to be ‘at the bottom of the pile’ when it comes to protection, yet they will be at high risk entering people’s homes or supporting nurses in primary care facilities.
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  • Zero Data
  • Zero-rating mobile data services of Public Benefit Organisations

  • The poorest children have least access to digital learning - and yet we are currently zero-rating mobile content that only wealthy children can use!
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  • Radio
  • Daily programming on SABC radio stations

  • Much of the communication around the epidemic is being directed towards digital communication, effectively reaching the middle class, however, half of the population do not have Smartphones. Radio remains the most powerful medium to reach people, with 90% reach.
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  • Food Vouchers
  • Digital food vouchers for social relief of distress

  • South Africa will likely see a spike in acute malnutrition in the next few months – one that will impact how children grow physically and intellectually. Digital vouchers sent via cellphone provide a way to provide social relief of distress without the costs and infection risk associated with the distribution of food parcels.
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  • Advocacy for alcohol policy change
  • Advocacy for alcohol policy change

  • The Covid-19 epidemic has highlighted the value of each human life. The extent of alcohol abuse and its link with violent crime, especially against women and children, is without equal in Africa and should be a source of deep shame to all South Africans. Together with organisations such as the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), we are promoting the World Health Organisation’s five best-buys for alcohol harms reductions as urgent and effective policy measures to curb the abuse of alcohol in South Africa.
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  • Harnessing the thunder - Civil society's care and creativity in South Africa's Covid Storm
  • What we've learned

  • We have documented our experience responding to Covid-19 in 2020 in a new book by our CEO, Dr David Harrison, published by Porcupine Press.
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