Response to Covid-19


Response to Covid-19


Global pandemic of Covid-19 has heavily affected the life of Nepalese people. Health workers at the peripheral level, school teachers, Female Community Health Volunteers and women and children in the project districts were at risk of the infection. 


GTN supports the government at local level for raising awareness, promoting healthy behaviours and preventing infection. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal, GTN is working in the following area in close coordination with local government, partner and stakeholders.

  • Use of print media: Development and distribution of flex charts, leaflets and posters related to Covid-19
  • Communication and Networking: communication with local groups and use of social media- Website, Facebook page, phone follow-up
  • Psycho-social counseling and Psycho-social First Aid: to health workers and teachers through virtual methods; Funding from Karuna Deutschland and BMZ
  • Promote health and hygiene: SMS (Social-distancing, use of Mask and Sanitiser) at health facilities, schools and communities; in partnership with FRADS Nepal and funding from ChildAid Network Germany for Umakunda Health Promotion Project; funding from Population Services International (PSI/Nepal) for Women’s Health Project; funding from Karuna Deutschland, Karuna Trust, EKFS and BMZ
  • Distribution, training and orientation on personal protection equipment (PPE) at health facilities; health hygiene materials at HF and schools; funding from all partners in respective projects
  • Promote healthy food and diet: to pregnant and post-natal mothers in Nawalparasi
  • Promoting education and learning achievements: Radio and Television teaching and homebased follow-up for ngaging students in teaching and learning in Strong Girls Project districts; Funding from Karuna Deutschland and BMZ in partnership with REED Nepal


Ten things we must do better in health promotion during the COVID-19 outbreak


·      We must better protect frontline workers.

·      We must better shield vulnerable people in society.

·      We must better use social science to understand the complexity of societies.

·      We must better respect the culture and needs of communities.

·      We must better work with communities in slum settings.

·      We must better strengthen social networks to support communities.

·      We must better support the mobilization of volunteers to help other people.

·      We must better use our common sense and not rely on weak “evidence”.

·      We must better support non-COVID19 health promotion issues.

·      We must better involve communities in the COVID19 outbreak response.