The rapid spread of COVID19 is an enormous cause for concern, particularly for the wellbeing of people who have limited access to key public services (health facilities, water and shelter) that are crucial for managing the spread of the virus. We are in touch regularly with our Tanzanian civil society partners, and have asked them to share regular updates on COVID19 with us. So far the virus has not had a serious impact on our field work in Tanzania and some activities are able to continue as normal, although restrictions are starting to come in to force, for example on mass gatherings and school closures.
African Initiatives is following the advice of the British government in terms of our working practice. As of 13 March 2020, all African Initiatives employees will work remotely until further notice. Thanks to technology, our work will continue – we remain online and can be contacted via email. All travel by our staff members has been cancelled and planned events will either be postponed or hosted via webinar.
It is through precaution, communication and caring for each other’s wellbeing that we will overcome this pandemic. African Initiatives and our partners will do all we can to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID19, and continue supporting vulnerable communities in Tanzania.
Thank you very much for your ongoing support of our vital work at this difficult time.
Chief Executive Officer