The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), this week took its humanitarian response to Covid 19 to Gokwe South, Redcliff and Karoi.
As part of the response, ZimRights handed over sanitizers and hygiene soaps.
In Gokwe South the organisation handed over 400 bottles of hand sanitisers and 400 units of soaps while in Redcliff 360 bottles of sanitisers and 340 units of soaps were distributed.
In Karoi, ZimRights distributed 1080 sanitisers and 1020 soaps.
In Midlands, the ZimRights team handed over the donations to the Deputy District Coordinator for Gokwe South, while in Redcliff the Municipality’s Public Relations and Projects department received the donations.
The donations are expected to benefit the respective communities in the constituencies.
In Mashonaland West ZimRights was represented by its national chairperson, Takesure Musiiwa and the organisation’s Mashonaland West provincial chairperson, Reverend Chamonyonga, who handed over the donations to Karoi District Development for use at the quarantine centre set up at Vhuti, and at Karuru and Chundu Clinics.
Speaking about the occasion, Musiiwa said the organisation is in the process of identifying more areas in need of such responses. “During good times, we work together as communities, and during difficult times like these, we should also stand together in complementing government efforts,” said Musiiwa.
“We believe the fight against COVID-19 is everyone’s fight and we are in it to safeguard one of the fundamental rights, the right to life.”
With a membership of over 250 000 countrywide, ZimRights is the biggest grassroots-based human rights organisation in Zimbabwe, and has so far led the response to Covid-19 by maintaining a community based monitoring approach, and through advocacy to shape government’s response to the disease, as well as through humanitarian responses.
ZimRights acknowledges the contribution from the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights, which, through Dr Norman Matara, facilitated the organisation’s activities in Mashonaland West
There are 3 pillars to the ZimRights COVID 19 Response: Human Rights Monitoring, Policy Advocacy and Humanitarian Response.