How can community-based youth and women’s organizations in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region support demand for COVID-19 vaccines?

First introduced in the Eastern and Southern Africa region (ESAR) in February 2021, 68 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to date, and the available supply of vaccines in the region is expected to continue to increase significantly in 2022.

Ensuring acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccination at country level is key to successful reduction of transmission and containment of the pandemic. However, introducing any new vaccine – especially with new target populations, through potentially new delivery strategies is challenging.

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    Data for ACTION RCCE for COVID-19 Vaccine Demand in Eastern and Southern Africa: Special Edition on Adolescents and Youth

    This is a document explaining the importance of COVID-19 vaccine uptake among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, as they make up 70% of the population.

    Source: Data for ACTION RCCE for COVID-19 Vaccine Demand in Eastern and Southern Africa: Special Edition on Adolescents and Youth

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      Real time assessment (RTA) UNICEF’s ongoing response to COVID-19 in eastern and southern Africa

      This real time assessment (RTA) of UNICEF support to COVID-19 vaccine demand promotion in the eastern and southern African region (ESAR) is based on qualitative research in four countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, and South Sudan. The aim is to support UNICEF’s reflection on its ongoing work on COVID-19 vaccine demand promotion (success factors and challenges) and to draw lessons.

      Source: Real time assessment (RTA) UNICEF’s ongoing response to COVID-19 in eastern and southern Africa

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        The Truck: A COVID-19 prevention campaign on wheels

        The Truck is a multi-media messenger on wheels traveling South Africa and broadcasting local stories about how COVID-19 has affected people’s lives. Accompanied by trained community engagement teams, the joint effort is a vital communication intervention creating awareness about COVID-19 prevention methods while combatting misinformation and myths about the virus.

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          Trends in handwashing behaviours for COVID-19 prevention: Longitudinal evidence from online surveys in 10 sub-Saharan African countries

          Handwashing is essential for respiratory virus prevention, but uptake of handwashing in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic remains under-explored. This study examines trends in and determinants of handwashing practices for COVID-19 prevention in 10 countries in West, East, and Southern Africa. Data are derived from an online global Facebook survey assessing COVID-19 knowledge, attitudes, and practices, fielded in July (Round 1) and November 2020 (Round 2).

          Source: Trends in handwashing behaviours for COVID-19 prevention: Longitudinal evidence from online surveys in 10 sub-Saharan African countries

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            COVID-19: How to respond to vaccine hesitancy

            Initially hindered by low and inconsistent supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, the South African government is now in a somewhat better position to actively campaign and increase vaccine demand, despite being caught in the midst of a viral ‘infodemic’. This article unpacks what can be done to boost demand for the jab.

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              COVID-19 Pandemic: How to Shop Safely in the Marketplace

              The arrival of the Coronavirus changed many parts of community life. Your market may even have closed. As a market vendor, you need to stay healthy so the market can remain open so you can sell your goods and your community can access food and products. By following the actions in this video, you can help the market stay open and be an example to your customers on how to stay safe during this pandemic.

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                COVID-19 Guide for Community Health Workers

                Community health workers (CHWs) serve as a very important direct link between patients, communities and health services. As trusted on-the-ground support to community members, they therefore expand access to essential healthcare information as well as available treatment and prevention programmes.

                This course book provides appropriate, cost-effective, and sustainable targeted learning for the large numbers of emerging community health workers in South Africa.

                This online book includes these chapters:

                1. Introduction to COVID-19
                2. Diagnosing and managing COVID-19
                3. How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
                4. Protecting yourself from COVID-19

                ​​​​​​These chapters have been successfully used as part of the Skills to Care learning programme for the Lukhanji Municipality and Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, funded by the Small Projects Foundation.

                Source: COVID-19 Guide for Community Health Workers

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