STAR-Ghana Foundation has awarded four million, six hundred and thirty-one thousand seven hundred and thirty-nine Ghana Cedis and forty pesewas (GHC4,631,739.40) to Seven civil society organisations to roll out initiatives across the country in the bid to fight the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic and also to put in place measures to prevent the spread of virus from human to human.
The CSOs were Media Foundation for West Africa, Ghana Federation of Disable Organisations, Penplus bytes, Christian Health Association of Ghana, West Africa Civil Society Institute, Caritas Ghana, SDG Platform and FIDA-Ghana.
They were challenged to roll out initiatives and implement COVID-19 projects in four (4) key areas such as public education, provision of support to vulnerable groups, policy influencing and implementation and learning.
It is for this reason that STAR-Ghana Foundation in April, 2020 launched its COVID-19 Response Project under the theme, “The Role of Civil Society in the Fight Against the COVID-19 pandemic” aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of inclusion of civil society organisations to educate and mitigate the risk of the pandemic.
Consequently, the project seeks to coordinate civil society operations in connection to COVID-19 prevention, management as well as focus on transparency and responsiveness in line government’s COVID-19 operations.
The Executive Director of Star Ghana Foundation, Mr. AmiduIbrahim-Tanko who addressed the press in Accra said civil society organisations have been involved in the COVID-19 Response Project to help fight and address the coronavirus pandemic as well as working closely with faith based organisations.
He added that his outfit have partnered government and the response have been very encouraging in the fight against the pandemic and however urged other CSOs to apply same in the discharge of duties to enable all stakeholders to address the issues with a collective effort.
According to him, the financial support from STAR-Ghana will help mitigate the impact on the vulnerable in the society in the wake of the pandemic and monitor also COVID-19 projects across the country and again urged all CSOs to use the funds judiciously.
He said tremendous feedback have been received form COVID-19 Response Project (CRP) and have been one of the several interventions by CSOs both at national and local levels.