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South Africa (2 July 2020) – As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the hunger crisis deepens, and the need to provide aid becomes more and more desperate. Joint Aid Management (JAM) International continues to play a key role in the fight against COVID-19 through risk communication and sensitisation roadshows, water trucking, emergency food assistance, handwashing stations, provision of soap, and digital cash/voucher transfers.

Founded in 1984, by South-African born Peter and Ann Pretorius, JAM is a multi-national non-Government Organization. JAM’s core mission is to provide African communities with ways in which they can create a sustainable living. We run a multitude of programmes in Angola, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan and Uganda. JAM has registered affiliate support offices in Canada, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and representatives in Norway.

“Short-term efforts are aimed at preventing the spread of the disease, provision of food and immediate protection for our beneficiaries. Longer-term efforts are aimed at decreasing the loss of livelihoods and mitigating the impact of school closures on the children that we serve. Our response aims to reach 1,3 million beneficiaries who JAM serves in various countries. To date, we have already reached approximately 800 000 beneficiaries, the majority being women and children.”

JAM INT has targeted 1,3 million beneficiaries. Their teams of highly-skilled humanitarian responders have worked tirelessly to assist communities through the provision of take-home food rations, clean water and personal protective equipment in all our countries of operation:

  • JAM Angola has reached 242 000 people with sanitation and hygiene messaging on how to prevent infection. 23 000 children have been provided with food, while 15 000 vulnerable people now have clean water through the drilling of boreholes and the installation of handpumps. A further 30 000 people have been provided with handwashing stations, soap, and cleaning material. Thirty community nurses have been trained. We are proud to partner with BP in the mass production of face masks for distribution to communities in need.
  • JAM Mozambique has reached 141 000 people with sanitation and hygiene messaging through roadshows, handwashing stations, the establishment of nutrition gardens and the provision of nutrient-dense vegetables to families under lockdown.
  • JAM Sierra Leone, in partnership with PLAN International, has distributed supplementary food packs to 83 000 children in six districts.
  • JAM South Africa has distributed 6,3 million meals through our Early Childhood Development (ECD) distribution centres across the country. Several South African corporate brands have come on board and assisted us with food distribution to more than 221 000 beneficiaries. A unique element of our distribution has been the recent introduction of a family food parcel voucher system that assists with safe food distribution to needy families, prevents long queues, maintains dignity and promotes physical distancing as well as supporting the SMME economy.
  • JAM South Sudan has reached 228 912 people with various COVID-19 sensitive responses in all areas where JAM operates. These include sanitation and hygiene messaging, provision of food assistance and handwashing stations.
  • JAM Rwanda provided 1 000 kg of rice to support vulnerable households around our vocation training centre.
  • JAM Uganda has reached 18 734 people in the Arua and Koboko districts (including Imvepi Refugee Settlement) with the provision of nutrient-dense vegetables, awareness and prevention of COVID-19, especially among refugees.

Sources: JAM INT 
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