Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.
To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.
Common symptoms include:
- dry cough.
Other symptoms include:
- shortness of breath
- aches and pains
- sore throat
- and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing and referral.
People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.
YWAFT Major Intent
The overreaching goal of the YWAFT Strategic Plan 2019–2022, is to alleviate the problems and to drive positive results for the most disadvantaged school girl-children and women at-risk, and the vulnerable unemployed youth. Learn More..
AFRIpads Menstrual Kits
YWAFT, works towards scaling-up the girl-child stay at school to complete primary level education through distribution of reusable AFRIpads menstrual kits, under-wares, GIRL TALK booklets, training manuals as well as Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials for sensitisation of communities on the significance of proper management of menstrual sanitation and hygiene for the benefit of school girl’s education and their future.
Reasons To Care
Child Rights protection
Promoting girl child right
YWAFT embraces ICT and promotes it adoption and implementations.
We strongly acknowledge how Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have already taken their permanent place in the socio-economic transformation of communities by speeding up the dissemination of information, facilitation of research and innovation much needed to address common community problems such as limited access to information about the markets for farmers’ produce, limited entrepreneurship knowledge especially among the youth, and limited access to meteorological information. ICTs have also simplified ways in which communities communicate. By just posting an idea or issue on social media, views and opinions are attracted that could be possible solutions to the issue at hand.
Recognizing 21st World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)
Global 21st March WDSD
Clean and safe drinking water
YWAFT is enforcing the construction of water harvesting systems annexed to the classroom blocks in rural schools faced with the challenges of accessing clean and safe drinking water, and health facilities for harvesting rain water as well as the construction of lined VIP drainable latrines for boys containing urinals and handwashing facilities and for girls containing washrooms and handwashing facilities in the rural schools.