Reducing Morbidity and Strengthening the Community – also in East Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Municipality is launching a large-scale operation to reduce morbidity and increase community resilience in the city’s eastern neighborhoods.
For the first time: a dramatic decrease in the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in the Arab neighborhoods
In recent weeks, the Jerusalem Municipality, in cooperation with the Home Front Command and the community councils, has increased its activities in the neighborhoods of East Jerusalem in several of areas of activity, including the distribution of food baskets to families in isolation, increased corona testing, expanded information efforts and more. The Municipality’s efforts in recent weeks have begun to bear fruit, as the percentage of confirmed coronavirus patients in the Arab neighborhoods has dropped to less than 9% for the first time in months.
The extensive operation, which was launched on the eve of the start of the closure and is currently underway, is being conducted with the close cooperation of the community councils in the Arab neighborhoods, as part of the Anshey Hayil project, which was conceived and led by Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion. As part of the project, the community councils were given extensive authority in the areas of information, welfare and community services, and extensive support budgets were transferred to them, in order to help them manage coronavirus in the community in a focused manner. The close cooperation between all of the parties involved is proving itself in maintaining public health and reducing infection in the community through a focused treatment strategy led by local leadership.
The Jerusalem Municipality and the community councils are working to accompany isolated and infected individuals in the community in a way that will provide them with comprehensive assistance. As part of the assistance, hundreds of food packages have been distributed in recent weeks to the families of infected, isolated and elderly individuals in East Jerusalem, as well as games and activity kits for children to use in their free time. This is in addition to the assistance provided to families through garbage removal and the cleaning of their close-to-home environments.
At the same time, the community councils are providing extensive information services to residents in Arabic about the guidelines and the importance of following them, mapping those populations requiring community assistance, recruiting volunteers, and working to develop tailored responses to those populations in the neighborhood, with an emphasis on senior citizens, youth and children.
In addition, the Municipality has put together a broadcast schedule that includes dozens of cultural, leisure, entertainment and informational programs for all age groups, young and old alike. The broadcasts are being made on a dedicated Facebook page in Arabic, which is intended for all of East Jerusalem’s neighborhoods, and is viewed thousands of times daily.