Geesi Development & Humanitarian Initiative – Great Step Initiative
Geesi Development & Humanitarian Initiative – Great Step Initiative

Geesi Development and Humanitarian Initiative (GDHI) Empowers Adagom 1 Refugees with Harmattan Safety Measures

Staying Healthy During Harmattan Season

Date: Thursday, 18th January 2024

Time: 4:00pm

Introduction:

On the 18th of January 2024, the Geesi Development and Humanitarian Initiative (GDHI) embarked on a significant outreach program to the Adagom 1 refugees, specifically targeting community 36. During this visit, the team focused on enlightening young women between the ages of 20 and 35 about safety measures to navigate the challenging Harmattan season. The Harmattan, a dry and dusty easterly or north-easterly wind prevalent on the West African coast between late November and the end of February, poses health risks that were addressed during this community engagement.

How to Stay Healthy During Harmattan:

The GDHI team shared invaluable insights on how to stay healthy amidst the harsh Harmattan conditions. The following measures were highlighted to ensure the well-being of the community, with a particular emphasis on women's health:

  1. **Keep your skin Moisturized:**

   To combat the dryness caused by Harmattan, it's essential to keep the skin well moisturized. The team recommended using moisturizers, including lip balms or lotions, on exposed body parts such as lips, arms, face, and feet. This not only preserves the skin's health but also prevents it from becoming ashy or chapped.

  1. **Wear Protective Hairstyles:**

   Women were advised against leaving their hair exposed during the Harmattan season. Loose hair can become dried out, frizzy, and dusty. Instead, the GDHI team suggested opting for protective hairstyles such as cornrows, braids, or wigs. Proper moisturization of the scalp was emphasized to shield the hair from the dry wind.

  1. **Stay hydrated:**

   Increased water consumption during Harmattan is crucial to combat the dry and dehydrating effects of the weather. The team stressed the importance of staying adequately hydrated to prevent illnesses and maintain glowing skin.

  1. **Dust your homes regularly:**

   Harmattan brings an abundance of dust that can settle on furniture, windows, curtains, rugs, and carpets. Regular cleaning was recommended to avoid inhaling dust, which can lead to allergies and other health issues. Using nose masks while cleaning was suggested to further protect against dust inhalation.

  1. **Wear face Mask:**

   The use of face masks during Harmattan was underscored as a crucial protective measure. Masks act as a barrier over the nose and mouth, significantly reducing the intake of respiratory droplets that may carry harmful particles from the environment or infected individuals.

Community Response:

The GDHI outreach program witnessed the active participation of 17 women from the Adagom 1 refugee community. The women expressed gratitude for the informative session and, recognizing the importance of proactive measures, requested assistance from GDHI in acquiring mosquito tents and other materials to further safeguard themselves against the effects of Harmattan.

Conclusion:

Geesi Development and Humanitarian Initiative's visit to the Adagom 1 refugees on the 18th of January 2024 stands as a testament to their commitment to community welfare. By providing crucial information on Harmattan safety measures, GDHI aims to empower communities, ensuring the well-being of vulnerable populations, particularly young women, during challenging weather conditions. The organization's dedication to responding to community needs was evident in the immediate request for additional resources, showcasing the ongoing importance of initiatives like GDHI in fostering resilience and health in marginalized communities.