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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


Covid-19 Response in Africa

Containing and stopping the new coronavirus pandemic requires equitable access to trusted, reliable information. In order to achieve this, we need to understand citizens concerns about COVID-19 and to combat misinformation. Especially in low-income countries, listening to populations to ensure better risk communications and community engagement are vital to prevention effort.

The Projects 

Kenya Project 

On 8 March 2020 shortly after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Kenya,  CGHR partnered with Africa’s Voices to launch a pilot that combined Public Service Announcements (PSAs), interactive radio shows and 1-to-1 SMS communications in order to provide immediate high-quality public health content, establish a trusted communications space and garner rapid social insights on citizen perceptions of risk and preparedness related to COVID-19. 

Click the image to learn more about the Kenya project.

Somalia Project

On 16th March 2020, Somalia recorded its first case of coronavirus. By mid-April, there were over 200 cases and mostly local transmission. Prevention is the only option in Somalia, given the poor state of health capacity nationwide. In order to provide those responding to COVID-19 in Somalia with a snapshot of how the people of Somalia are thinking about the epidemic in these early days, CGHR partnered with Africa's Voices and reached out using its established multimedia interactive platform called Imaqal.

Learn more about the project in Somalia here or click the photo to the for a visual presentation on the Somalia project. 


Presentations and Events 

Beyond Coronavirus? 

CGHR Co-Director Sharath Srinivasan contributed his insights from these projects in Africa to a panel discussing the mechanics of and precedents for recovery from major pandemics. Watch the full event below.

RCCE: Perceptions, Misinformation, and Concerns in African Countries in the time of COVID-19

Sharath Srinivasan, CGHR Co-Director was an expert speaker for the READY weekly webinar on 29 April. This webinar discusses the work CGHR is doing to understand the concerns, perceptions, misinformation and barriers to practising preventative behaviours in Sub-Saharan African countries, as well as how to address those concerns.