The Victims Support Fund Task Force on COVID-19 has kicked off the second phase of its One Billion Naira COVID-19 Intervention in Edo State.
The Chairman of the Victims Support committee, General TY Danjuma (Rtd), had on drive VSF intervention on the Coronavirus the 30th March 2020, set up a Taskforce.
The Task Force headed by Mrs. Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji was charged with the mandate to fashion out interventions that will directly contribute to reinforcing the Federal Government’s prevention and mitigation strategy through the provision of personal preventive and hygiene kits to vulnerable populations and the provision of nutritional support to vulnerable families/households as palliative measures.
In the first phase of the intervention, the Task Force earmarked Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, which are the hot spots, and the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the high status of infection rates, and Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Taraba states, which are generally the core VSF partner states with high levels of vulnerabilities as priority intervention areas.
Consequently, the distribution of food items to vulnerable households, a component of the VSF COVID-19 response, was flagged off in the Malaysia IDP camp in Abuja on the 14th of April 2020.
Each of the selected households was to receive a 50 kg package containing rice (10Kg), beans (10 Kg); salt (500 gm), and vegetable oil (4 Liter gallons). The intervention successfully Supported over Twenty-Seven Thousand (27,000) households, averaging over One hundred and Eighty-Nine thousand (189,000) direct/indirect beneficiaries.
Following the successful implementation of phase I of the intervention, approval has been granted for the implementation of phase II. The phase II is also targeting the mainly the vulnerable population in the selected additional states where there has being a recent spike in the cases of COVID-19.
Five (5) states of Edo, Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi, and Ekiti has been carefully selected phase II of the intervention. Each of the selected households in each state is to receive a 50 kg package containing rice (10kg) beans (10 kg), salt (500 gm), and vegetable oil (4 Liter Protective equipment (PPE) including.
Due to technical and operational reasons, VSF has nominated reputable CSOs presence and operational capacities in the areas of food distribution, to the distribution of the relief materials to the vulnerable population in these locations Enugu, Ebonyi, and Ekiti states and are already familiar with certain location vulnerable population can be found.
Similarly, to ensure an effective and accountable process, VSF has selected re credible organizations to support in monitoring and reporting of the distribution pre
VSF has also drafted a team of staff from its head office for onsite supportive m the entire distribution process.