PROGRAM-RESPONSE TO COVID-19 IN HONDURAS
In response to the temporary demands of vulnerable families of especially affected locations in the program region of Golfo de Fonseca, Honduras, the program financed by Swiss Development Cooperation SDC swiftly responded by investing in five areas: food, biosecurity/health, microeconomics, capacity building and the approach to cross-cutting issues such as inclusion of women and knowledge management for the entire process. The measures have benefited 18,230 people, of which 51% are women. The specific population group suffers from a high prevalence of poverty and limited access to communication. A regional communication campaign about the adoption of biosecurity protocols helped to reach out to the broader population of Region 13 Gulf of Fonseca addressing these conditions in aiming for responsible economic reactivation. The measures were coordinated with the Regional Coordination and Cooperation Round Table (MCC), the Departmental Emergency Committee and the Municipal Emergency Committee.