Speak Up Africa, a strategic communications and advocacy not-for-profit organization, has launched a “Stay Safe Africa” campaign against the pandemic COVID-19.
The campaign seeks empower communities and individuals to take simple and proven preventative measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.
The Stay Safe Africa campaign, according to the group, would incorporates messages and advice tailored for African communities and leadership, accounting for language, literacy and cultural barriers.
The group stated that a co-ordinated Africa-led approach to slow the spread of COVID-19 is crucial to address the continent’s uneven access to tools and services and respond to Africa’s diverse cultural landscape.
“It is vital that individuals across Africa take responsibility to protect themselves, their families and their communities, by following the recommended prevention measures. As Africans, we must come together, with distance, and realize the importance of protecting ourselves from COVID-19 and act quickly”, highlighted Yacine Djibo, Executive Director of Speak Up Africa.
The campaign is open to all partners, journalists, civil society organizations and communities to adopt and support and all assets to help support the campaign are available at StaySafeAfrica.org in both English and French.
“Now more than ever, we must acknowledge the importance of communications and digital communities, leverage information, unite across the board and stand together”, says Eloïne Barry, CEO of Africa Media Agency.
“The current pandemic is a striking reminder of the need for stronger health systems. This is a prime opportunity to take measures aimed at social protection and sustainable financing of the health sector”, underlines Dr. Magda Robalo, Minister of Public Health of Guinea Bissau.
In April, to mobilize and manage funds from the public and private sector as well as individuals in Africa and to further strengthen the continent’s response to the pandemic, the African Union and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) launched the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund.
“Many countries from South Africa to Senegal via Nigeria and Kenya have announced the creation of solidarity funds. While these funds will serve primarily a national agenda, the virus knows no borders. And because the average citizen with disposable income can give small amounts of money, our best bet to fund the Africa CDC, in times of economic hardship, is to pool our resources.” adds Carl Manlan, COO of the Ecobank Foundation.
Around the world, COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the health of citizens, as well as national and global economies. At present, in Africa, there are 43,343 confirmed cases, 1,761 deaths and 14,343 recoveries.
About Speak up Africa : Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Speak Up Africa is a policy and advocacy action tank dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change, and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. Speak Up Africa ensures policy makers meet implementers; that solutions are showcased and that every sector– from individual citizens and civil society groups to global donors and business leaders – contributes critically to the dialogue and strives to form the blueprints for concrete action for public health and sustainable development.