UN Ghana releases message booklet on COVID-19
The key messages cover COVID-19 preventive and impact mitigating measures, and the contributions of the UN to the national response. The messages, aligned with individual agencies’ mandates, provide a framework for strategic communications to support the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts of the Government of Ghana. The aim is to provide the public with accurate information on the virus and increase understanding of the UN’s support in recovery efforts and in building resilience for the future.
Areas of intervention by the United Nations in Ghana include enhancing medical and healthcare infrastructure and facilities, assistance in repurposing public spaces into medical response operations, encouraging the dissemination of research findings and technological innovation across borders and ensuring the need to strengthening scientific facts to debunk misinformation.
The key messages booklet provides information on COVID-19 preventive measures, and recommendations on how to mitigate the impact of the virus. It covers several programme areas, including health and wellbeing, sexual and reproductive health, food security, nutrition, human rights, children’s rights, the AIDS epidemic, education, urban development, migration, reducing gender-based violence and anti-stigmatization, signifying the importance of a whole-of society response to COVID-19.
“We all have a role to play in controlling this disease. We hope that the UN Ghana COVID-19 key messages booklet will serve as a go-to resource for accurate information on the pandemic and be useful for stakeholders and partners disseminating information or rolling out COVID-19 response and recovery interventions in the communities,” said Charles Abani , the UN Resident Coordinator for Ghana.
Since the declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the virus has spread to many countries and territories. As of 30 August 2020, there have been more than 24 million cases reported and over 800,000 deaths worldwide.
The information presented in the booklet will be useful for the media, health and development practitioners, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, students, and the general public.