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We as Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association have observed with concern about the world health disaster on the COVID 19 pandemic. This is a situation beyond everyone’s control were every nation is obliged to take precautious responsibilities on the prevention, treatment as well as the management of the Corona Virus upon its citizens.

Our Zimbabwean government has given a declaration that the corona virus is a national disaster that requires spot-on attention with drastic measures to curb it. Internationally all countries around the world are taking measures as well which be-fit their control mechanisms for their respective countries to stop the pandemic from spreading and killing people. Above all this corona virus is a health matter which is part of a key area for workers and traders in the informal economy to require maximum protection under health and safety.

This is a social protection matter which we believe our Zimbabwean government will take maximum measures in practice and theory to safeguard the vulnerability of women, men, people living with disabilities and youth in the informal economy who kindly face difficulties in accessing quality health service delivery due to their unbearable costs. We are playing our role to give education and simplified awareness-raising on Corona Virus to our members so that the risk of contamination is reduced.

Dissemination of information on preventions and hygienic methods that reduce the risks of the spread of the virus:

Practice good hygiene

  • Covering coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue
  • Disposing of tissues properly
  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer or  soap and water,  before and after using  the toilet
  • Cleaning and sanitizing frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys, and wallets
  • Avoid touching nose, eyes, and mouth.

Social distancing

  • Staying home when one is unwell
  • Avoiding larger gatherings
  • Keeping a distance of at least 1metre between people
  • avoid  physical contact with other people e.g handshakes, hugs etc

 Thoroughly cooked foods

  • it is important to avoid the consumption of raw or undercooked animal products at this time.
  • Handle your food with care to avoid cross-contamination.


As an organization:

  • We will comply with the “President’s declaration of having not more than a hundred people gathering’’.
  • In all our activities and programs, participants will be advised to practice good hygiene.
  • Where possible health masks are going to be used in some programs
  • We will follow and practice the supporting partners’ recommendations as part of their policy and our contractual obligations.
  • We will conduct our activities with due caution and maximum readiness to shelf all of them is the situation requires that.
  • The office will be open on a conditional basis for the full health of the staff and environmental safety.


  • Notification of health facilities
  • Advice people that have been exposed to COVID19 to self-quarantine
  • Advise the vulnerable groups thus children and the elderly
  • The practice of good hygiene and respiratory measures


 Knowledge sharing –


  • It is strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.
  • It involves the separation of people of reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.
  • Self-quarantine: It is when someone is not ordered to go into quarantine but chooses to do so out of caution.
  • Social distancing
  • Reduce the rate of your contact with other people.
  • Avoid public spaces and unnecessary social gatherings.

 Symptoms of Corona Virus

According to WHO, symptoms include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute respiratory syndrome
  • Kidney failure

As the World Health Organisation states that currently there is no cure for the Corona Virus, we commit to being a positive team player in supporting the government of Zimbabwe and other cooperating partners through our organized membership setup on disaster preparedness for Zimbabwe against the spread of this pandemic. It is, therefore, our obligation as a membership-based organization that works with informal economy workers to encourage all the informal economy workers and traders and the entire Zimbabwean population to take as much necessary precautions to safeguard and protect themselves and their families from Corona Virus


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