CHALLENGES FACED BY WOMEN IN AREAS OF UNREST AT THE INITIAL STAGE OF COVID-19 OUTBREAK. FOCUS ON THE NORTHWEST REGION OF CAMEROON.
Dr. Fosso Simun Reine
Yaounde, Ministry of Scientific Research and innovations,Cameroon
The aim of this study is to show the challenges faced by women living in areas of conflict during the initial stage of the covid-19 outbreak. The North West Region of Cameroon, specifically Bamenda, which is the regions main town, was chosen for this study because of the high intensity of social unrest which has contributed to the displacement of many women into this city. Due to the increased vulnerability in the suburbs and the different sorts of abuses experienced as a result of the unrest, many women were prompted to move from these suburbs to the central city for refuge. Living in such precarious conditions, many displaced women found it so challenging to put into practice the measures prescribed by the government to fight against Covid-19 as a result of the continuing conflict in the region. Furthermore, attitudes and practices toward the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus in this area were not easy to manage especially amongst women who were already exposed to hardship. With an already fragile healthcare system due to the prevailing fierce conflict that started in 2016, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic just increased the burden of an already paralysed region. Faced with limited access to healthcare services and many controversies on the origin of the virus many people turn to alternative or complementary medicine for prevention and treatment. Alternative health care practices were carried out individually as well as collectively to prevent the spread of the pandemic in this area. Women in the North West Region, who are already living in a risky situation because of the social unrest, turn to indigenous methods to manage the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 in this area. Relying on indigenous knowledge about disease aetiology enabled them to provide diverse solutions to curb the spread of the pandemic in an environment already aggrieved by social unrest.
Keywords: COVID-19, Health, Social Unrest, Pandemic, Women.
Journal Name :
EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR)
Published on : 2022-11-10