Cameroon

Situation Report
Emergency Response

Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE)

Needs:

  • Development and implementation of the RCCE plan relating to the introduction of COVAX vaccine.

  • Reinforcement of RCCE activities in parallel with the resumption of classes in the second quarter.

Response:

  • RCCE activities have been strengthened in the run-up to end year festivities. From 17 to 19 December 2020, the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Cameroon Red Cross, and the Regional Fund for the Promotion of Health distributed information material on COVID-19 prevention and home care of at the Food Fair which took place in Ebolowa, South region.

  • In December 2020, GIZ supported awareness activities in six radio stations in the West Region.

  • Throughout December and mostly during end year festivities, MoH carried out sensitization activities using megaphones in the whole West region. MoH, with the technical and financial support of UNICEF and IFRC, launched the RCCE strategy at the 17 active entry points and trained RCCE actors from border health checks in Mbalmayo and Ngaoundere in South and Adamawa regions.

  • Funded by UNESCO and the European Union in the framework of the “#CoronaVirus Facts project”, and implemented by 42 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Eduk-Media association continued the implementation of the campaign to combat disinformation and monitor hate speech and harmful COVID-19 online content.

Gaps & Constraints:

  • Persistence of perceptions around the demise of COVID-19 in Cameroon.

  • Poor compliance with distancing measures especially during the end of year celebrations.

  • Poor RCCE on the social acceptance of the COVAX vaccine.

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