As of 30 March 2020, Zimbabwe had seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a single death. Four of the cases were imported, while three were contact cases. Therefore, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) remains on high alert in terms of surveillance and provision of health education to communities.
Zimbabwe FETP has been a critical player in assisting the MOHCC on risk communication and community engagement through health education awareness and surveillance. Residents of the Zimbabwe FETP were deployed from 23 – 27 March 2020 to participate in community awareness and health education. The awareness was conducted in four high density suburbs in Harare through door to door health education activities. Zimbabwe FETP also developed and distributed IEC materials which included 20,000 flyers, 500 posters, 5 banners, 450 branded t-shirts, 1,500 pens and 1,500 rulers. During the door-to door awareness campaign 1,600 households were reached. A moving truck was used in a roadshow to pass on key information on COVID-19 in residential areas that were not reached by the door-to-door approach.
The Zimbabwe FETP also conducted a knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) survey to determine the level of COVID-19 awareness amongst residents of Harare. This will assist policy makers in implementing tailor-made COVID-19 prevention and control measures.