The African Union Growth Company and the New Partnership for Africa’s Growth (AUDA-NEPAD) in partnership with the African Union Fee (AUC), The Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO), East Central and Southern Africa-Well being Neighborhood (ECSA-HC), Division of Well being South Africa, the Nationwide Institute for Occupational Well being South Africa (NIOH) and OSH-Africa have efficiently launched a collection of 12 Covid-19 Office Response Trainings for all sectors of the financial system. The well-received trainings befell from Might 18 2020 until July 10 2020, with 2 158 contributors becoming a member of from 33 international locations throughout Africa.
The general focus of those trainings was on the implications and administration of Covid-19 within the office and strengthening Occupational Security and Well being (OSH). The impacts of Covid-19 within the office embrace a rise of man hours for frontline healthcare staff, psychological challenges related to adjustments in the best way work is finished, rising medical prices and the lack of wages. Out of the 12 trainings, the most well-liked have been “Epidemiology and Administration of Covid-19 within the Workspace”, adopted by “Rational use of Private Protecting Gear (PPE) throughout Covid-19”, and “Covid-19 Well being Threat Evaluation”.
|ILO Occupational Security and Well being Specialist Peneyambeko Alina Munkawa mentioned: “The multi-disciplinary [nature] of managing OSH and the necessity to solidify the hyperlink with public well being have began receiving distinguished consideration. The trainings signify considered one of Africa’s steps in direction of addressing challenges and embracing alternatives introduced by the pandemic and the way forward for work.”|
|NIOH Public Well being Medicines Specialist Dr Muzimkhulu Zungu mentioned: “The African area’s financial system — because the second most populous area on the earth — with solely three% of the worldwide GDP is dealing with a grim future within the face the Covid-19 pandemic.” He thanked AUDA-NEPAD and its companions for making certain the trainings have been context acceptable, pragmatic and well timed, and most significantly for contributing to Africa’s Covid-19 OSH info, instruments and expertise. The general suggestions from the contributors was constructive; the trainings have been regularly described as “informative and insightful”.|
|Participant Efriam Shilongo, Senior Well being Programme Officer from the Namibian Ministry of Well being and Social Providers, thanked AUDA-NEPAD and companions for the trainings, which he described as “glorious” and “expository”. He mentioned: “The discussions stimulated pondering among the many healthcare staff, who’re the frontline staff in any illness outbreak.”|
Covid-19 OSH tips have been developed as reference supplies for member states. They’re anticipated to have an general constructive impression on strengthening OSH and labour productiveness in member states.
|“Most African international locations lack primary organised programs and infrastructure for Occupational Well being and Security; some have fragmented coverage steerage responses on PPE, isolation, an infection prevention and management,” mentioned AUDA-NEPAD Principal Coverage Officer Chimwemwe Chamdimba, who performed a lead position in implementing the Covid-19 Office Response. “The Covid-19 OSH tips goal to deal with the OSH gaps in Africa. There’s a lack of technical tips for managing office applications equivalent to danger evaluation and medical surveillance, and now we have additionally seen gaps within the casual sector that are as a result of neglect and poor regulation by way of OSH,” concluded Chamdimba.|
There are a complete of six Covid-19 OSH Tips which concentrate on:
- Covid-19/OSH Threat Administration Tips
- Covid-19/OSH Tips for Mining Business
- Covid-19-19/OSH Tips for Occupational Security and Well being and Wellness of Well being Employees
- Covid-1919/OSH Guideline for Academic Sector
- Covid-1919/OSH Tips for Meals and Retail Sector
- Covid-19-19/OSH Medical Occupational Well being Tips.
The goal of those tips is to assist shut the OSH gaps and strengthen response capability in member states through the Covid-19 pandemic.
To obtain Covid-19/OSH Medical Occupational Well being Tips please go to: https://www.nepad.org/publication/african-union-Covid-19-occupational-safety-and-health-guidelines-series
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