Trumpeter Community Health: Adapting During the Pandemic

Adjusting Routines

In recent months, Trumpeter Community Health’s central message of hand washing with soap has been emphasised across the globe like never before. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, advocacy of good hygiene and sanitation practice has taken on profound significance, especially in the nation of South Sudan where healthcare capacity and the extent of testing are both limited. As the Trumpeters adjust to new, often frustrating patterns of work in light of the virus, we are reminded of Paul’s words to the Galatians:

‘And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.’

Galatians 6:9-10

How to Spread Health Knowledge in Lockdown? Megaphones!

Due to a relatively strict lockdown across South Sudan, the Trumpeters have had to alter some of their activities. They are no longer visiting individual homes and instead are using megaphones to spread health messages and tips for preventative measures against Covid-19. Responses to this new method have been positive, with many people standing at the entrances of their homes to listen at a safe distance.

Trumpeter staff salaries were increased by 50% recently due to fluctuations in the South Sudanese economy and to align with amounts paid locally in other similar projects. This has been a great encouragement to the Trumpeters as inflation has been exacerbated by a lack of economic activity during the pandemic.

Water Purification Tablets for Gondokoro

Trumpeters visit

A normal Trumpeter household visit before the coronavirus!

The Trumpeters have also purchased water purification tablets for 500 households in Gondokoro, a suburb of Juba. This was made possible through a grant from the Derek Moore Foundation. The tablets will be distributed within the next few weeks and will be a vital resource for households during the rainy season as water easily becomes contaminated. Distribution and training on how to use the tablets will take place in individual households but Trumpeters will observe social distancing measures and God willing, will soon receive a number of face masks as part of AID’s current PPE initiative that we mentioned last week. If you would like to contribute financially towards this, you can do so by clicking here to donate or using the following bank details (please email to indicate that your donation is for this purpose):

Email: info@interanglicanaid.org
Account Name: Anglican International Development
Sort code: 16-10-15
Account number: 10168004

‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26