Covid-19 Response

Tanzania Data Lab Covid-19 Response

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China and has since spread globally resulting in an ongoing pandemic. For more information on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website. For up to date information on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Tanzania please visit the  Ministry of Health,Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) website.

 

After the announcement of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Tanzania on 16th March 2020, Tanzania Data Lab has been following the guidance issued by the Ministry of Health in Tanzania and took the necessary steps to ensure that her staff, clients, and partners are safe.

Tanzania Data Lab took the following steps as part of her response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

 

1. Awareness raising, social distancing and hand sanitizer installation
Tanzania Data Lab management shared information with staff on COVID-19 and how one can protect himself/ herself and others. This included information on social distancing, hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers are installed in all dLab entry and exit points, and the common areas and door handles are regularly sanitized.

 

2. Working Remotely
dLab adopted flexible working arrangement for staff from 16th March 2020, and effectively from 23rd March 2020 moved completely into working remotely. Controlled access to the office is granted by dLab management to staff members who have to be physically at the office for specific official reasons.

 

3. Suspended all work related travels
Effectively from 16th March 2020 all scheduled work related travels by dLab staff and her partners were suspended. Management encourages staff members and partners to utilize virtual meeting solutions and other digital solutions such as electronic surveys to conduct the planned activities without traveling. dLab continues to monitor the situation in the country and this travel ban will be lifted once the situation stabilizes.

 

4. Canceled all in-person training sessions and meetings
Effectively from 23rd March 2020, all scheduled in-person training sessions and meetings were cancelled and conducted virtually as webinars and/or as sessions on the dLab e-learning portal. dLab continue to strengthen her e-learning portal to add more courses and training programs including the popular Code Like A Girl program that dLab runs jointly with Vodacom Tanzania. You can assess the dLab online training portal here.

 

5. Staff Welfare
dLab places staff welfare at the top of its priorities and especially now during the Covid19 pandemic to ensure that her staff are well taken care of psychologically, emotionally, and physically, and that they remain productive during these difficulty times. Regular one-on-one check-ins with staff are conducted by the management, and bi-weekly staff meetings are held with all staff members. Flexible working arrangements and necessary facilitation has been extended to all staff members to enable them to work comfortably remotely.

 

6. Contributing to different initiatives on COVID-19 response in Tanzania, Africa and Globally
dLab is an active member in different national, regional and global Covid19 working groups and taskforces. This includes Tanzania Covid19 innovation taskforce, Tanzania Non-State Actors COVID-19 working group, GPSDD Covid19 Africa Response Group, Digital Earth Africa Covid19 response team, and A4SD Global Covid19 response.

 

Tanzania Data Lab is also collaborating with her partners such as the National Bureau of Statistics to develop the national covid19 data working group, and Benjamin Mkapa Foundation in rolling out of Covid19 community data collection tool for Community Health Workers in Tanzania.

 

Tanzania Data Lab also leverages on its ongoing communication campaigns such as #SemaNaData to integrate Covid19 messaging, and on its existing innovations such as TanzMed to offer innovative solutions towards the fight against Covid19.

 

Tanzania Data Lab is committed to contribute towards driving data and innovation solutions for Covid19 in Tanzania and Africa. We are open to partnership with governments, private sector, development partners, civil society organizations, universities, think tanks and other partners to join hands on the fight against Covid19.

 

For more information about Tanzania Data Lab and partnerships please reach out to us on: connect@dlab.or.tz.

 

 

*dLab’s response to Covid19 is a living document and is going to be updated regularly based on the developments on Covid19 locally, regionally and globally.