The virALLanguages initiative is working with local community leaders around the world to share basic COVID-19 health information via audio and video through the use of “proverbs, metaphors and diverse rhetorical strategies” to speakers of minority languages.
Everyone is clamoring for local news right now. They want to know who is sick, what businesses are open, and, most importantly, if there is space in the hospitals near them. However, local news has not felt this support in its revenue–rather, the opposite. In fact, it might be on the verge of extinction due to the economic fall out from the COVID-19 pandemic. What does this mean for the communities whose stories rarely make it to the national and international media?
During the COVID19/pandemic, WHO has engaged the elders and religious leaders in this community in Kenya and sensitized them on matters related to Covid-19 since they are the influencers and decision makers in their community. The community leaders sit with their members and identify the responsibilities of each segment of the population and decide how the interventions will be customized to best suit their environment without disrupting normalcy.