The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has gathered a number of best practices for communication during an outbreak in 2017.
Risk Communication and Community Engagement Guidance (WHO): This document provides WHO checklists for risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) readiness and initial response for novel coronaviruses. Targeted to national actors, but some planning information applicable for local communicators as well.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, this risk communication package for healthcare facilities provides healthcare workers (HCWs) and healthcare facility management with the information, procedures, and tools required to safely and effectively work. The package contains a series of simplified messages and reminders based on WHO’s more in-depth technical guidance on infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities in the context of COVID-19: “Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected”
This tool by WHO, UNICEF and IFRC is designed to support risk communication, community engagement staff and responders working with national health authorities, and other partners to develop, implement and monitor an effective action plan for communicating effectively with the public, engaging with communities, local partners and other stakeholders to help prepare and protect individuals, families and the public’s health during the early response to COVID-19.
Author: Yue Cao
Our experience of implementing a first-of-its-kind earthquake resilience scenario in China shows that the arts can turn scientific evidence and practical knowledge into compelling messages that connect with people, change attitudes and inspire action to reduce the risk of disasters.
Siloed, top-down approaches are a common problem in disaster risk reduction (DRR) governance in many countries. In China’s case, this has resulted in a DRR system that is effective in responding to disasters and supporting recovery, but weaker at mitigating their risks.
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