At the end of 2019, nobody could foresee that an epidemic that attacked a locality in China could lead to a global pandemic; whose infectious agent also has a very high capacity and fast transmission properties.
The most effective recipe is to stay home and follow some basic hygiene and prevention guidelines, such as hand and face washing, and minimize social contact. In the countries where we mainly work, Spain, Cameroon and Zambia, the COVID-19 virus has wreaked havoc. Spain leads the figures worldwide, on mortality and contagion. Cameroon is among the three most affected countries in Africa. Zambia is at a medium-low level of prevalence. But these last two countries are ultimately exposed to much higher risks than Spain, due to the weakness of their National Health System and the lack of infrastructure at all levels.
In this case, Red Deporte works at three levels: developing materials that reduce the negative impact on mental health, derived from long periods of home confinement. An activity guide to make the most of your time at home and make this tough test more bearable. At a second level, there is the development of dynamics and educational materials that, through sport, sensitize the local population (especially in Africa) about the prevention of COVID-19, through adapted games and sports. Third, we are developing the creation of a sports centre in Zambia, through which to centralize health programs in Africa; and among these, the fight against COVID-19.
In this centre we hope to multiply the participation of volunteers and collaborators in our community health programs, which, for years, deal with topics directly related to COVID-19, such as hand washing and basic health and hygiene. We encourage all the youngest to continue giving us the magnificent lesson of resilience, adaptation and maturity to face this pandemic, which we will only overcome with a global society that is aware and united in overcoming it.