The team visited the progress Primary School in Johannesburg in order to raise awareness among students about the status of refugees and migrants. More than 150 students had the chance to discuss about people on the move and go through a series of case studies in order to better understand the reasons that lead people to move.
The team also made an intervention during the xenophobic attacks on foreigners that broke out in Johannesburg distributing over 400 hygiene kits to the 588 adults and 227 children whom were displaced and sought refuge in a school hall. Last the MSF Urban Spaces hub in Sediba Hope Clinic, Pretoria was inaugurated as a meeting space, with empowering workshops and cultural activities for refugees and migrants that visit the MSF mental health program.
Since 2020 with focus on the contexts of inclusion and COVID – 19 pandemic fight, the team has been implementing a series of awareness raising activities in support of the most vulnerable groups of society. In Angola, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia the local teams of MSF Urban Spaces initiative have been implementing a series of awareness raising activities in support of the most vulnerable groups of society with focus on the contexts of inclusion and COVID – 19 pandemic fight. These activities include health promotion training for Community Health Workers, distribution of facemasks and soap to sex workers within the MSF Corridor project, provision of sewing machines, material and training on how to make their own masks and sell them, health promotion on hand washing and hygiene, distribution of food parcels and Personal Protective Equipment to communities who live with HIV and TB.
If you would like to get a better idea on the team’s activities, check out the: Johannesburg Diaries.