To combat the spread of COVID-19, IOCC has partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the country of Georgia since early 2020. After initial collaborations met success, IOCC and the WHO are now on the fourth round of the project, educating communities throughout Georgia about COVID-19 protocols.
With a focus on essential workers and faith leaders, workshops have reached farmers market workers, long-haul truck drivers, staff at eldercare facilities, and taxi drivers, as well as faith-community leaders. This last group is key, because local faith leaders in turn help educate their own communities—ultimately teaching more people how to prevent the virus’s spread. And hundreds of faith leaders across religions have now attended the workshops facilitated by IOCC.
Training sessions were developed and conducted by the regional representatives of Georgia’s National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, with content developed in cooperation with the WHO country office. Together, we’re working to share knowledge that will support health in these communities, as we all adjust to the pandemic’s changes.