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COVID-19 is putting pressure on truck drivers in East Africa: here’s why.

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COVID-19 is putting pressure on truck drivers in East Africa: here’s why.

In the UK, COVID-19 highlighted the importance of truck drivers as key workers. In East Africa, the pandemic is having the opposite effect.

In the UK, HGV drivers are being rightly praised as heroes for keeping shelves stocked and delivering vital supplies amidst a nationwide lockdown. In East Africa, however, truck drivers are facing increasing hostility as they are blamed for the spread of the virus.

In an article published in the CILT COVID-19 Bulletin 04, we explored the effects of national governments’ travel restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. With reports of drivers being turned away from their usual rest stops, one concern is that these restrictions could lead to drivers taking fewer breaks, increasing the likelihood of fatigue. Limited access to basic wash facilities could also affect drivers’ ability to regularly wash their hands in compliance with national guidelines.
Transaid and local partners, Safe Way Right Way, are developing driver specific sensitisation materials to ensure that drivers and their employers have access to guidance on how to limit the threat of exposure. This will be combined with the provision of hand-washing equipment and masks to protect drivers. We are also partnering with transporter associations to extend the reach of these messages.
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