Global Citizen organized a global broadcast & digital special to support frontline healthcare workers and the WHO. Artists from different countries came together from their homes to sing songs and raise awareness and funds. The One World: Together At Home is a campaign rallying funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.
The WHO has published a checklist for risk communication and community engagement readiness and initial response for novel coronaviruses (nCoV). The objective of this document is to provide actionable guidance for countries to implement effective RCCE strategies which will help protect the public’s health in the early response to nCoV. This document includes recommended RCCE goals and actions for countries preparing for nCoV cases and for countries that have confirmed -nCoV cases.
Communication Initiative (CI): the main knowledge portal for research and resources in social and behaviour change communications. A key source for COVID-19 communication resources and strategy.
The Communication Initiative has launched a new section to its website to help combat COVID-19 from a communication and community engagement point.
“Women, the elderly, adolescents, youth, and children, persons with disabilities, indigenous populations, refugees, migrants, and minorities experience the highest degree
of socio-economic marginalization. Marginalized people become even more vulnerable in emergencies. This is due to factors such as their lack of access to effective surveillance and early-warning systems, and health services. The COVID-19 outbreak is predicted to have significant impacts on various sectors.
The populations most at risk are those that:
- depend heavily on the informal economy;
- occupy areas prone to shocks;
- have inadequate access to social services or political influence;
- have limited capacities and opportunities to cope and adapt and;
- limited or no access to technologies.By understanding these issues, we can support the capacity of vulnerable populations in emergencies. We can give them priority assistance, and engage them in decision-making processes for a response, recovery, preparedness, and risk reduction.”
This guide was developed under the lead of UN Women and Translators Without Borders.