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Breakthrough ACTION Ethiopia COVID-19 Campaign

Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) had prioritized  Ethiopia, among 13 African countries, as the most vulnerable countries for importation of COVID-19. A recent Lancet publication reiterated this by describing Ethiopia as a highly vulnerable country with substantially larger population potential exposed yet with moderate capacity to contain the spread of the infection.

Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) is an essential component of health emergency readiness and response activities. The Ethiopia Public Health Institute (EPHI) has been proactively working on emergency readiness and response activities on COVID-19 since late January 2020. The Emergency Operation Center (EOC), housed in EPHI and usually activated during public health emergencies in the country, started its work by establishing a technical working group (TWG) on RCCE comprised of different stakeholders and health development partners.

Breakthrough ACTION Ethiopia is working closely with EPHI on COVID-19. To date, efforts have included technical assistance, training, tool development, and risk communication materials design, and logistical support to EPHI. The scope also includes focused support to the RCCE TWG, coordination on preparedness and response activities among several implementing partners, and training for Ethiopian Airlines flight and ground crew, as well as urban health extension workers and religious leaders.

Thus far, the project has produced the following materials:

  • PSAs for  Amhara, Central, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray:
    • Prevention methods
    • Misconceptions
    • Avoiding panic
    • Social distancing
    • Stigma

Source (Amharic – Amhara, Central):

Source (Oromo):

Source (Amharic – SNNPR):

Source: (Tigrigna):

  • Print materials for Amhara, Central, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray:
    • Brochures and posters for general population
    • Brochures for hotel staff
    • Posters for travelers (bus and train stations)
    • Stickers for inside buses and trains
    • Proper hand-washing stickers for washrooms
    • Hand-washing reminders

Source (Amhara): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – Amhara

Source (Central): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – Central

Source (Oromia): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – Oromia

Source (SNNPR): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – SNNPR

Source (Tigray): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – Tigray

My Hero is You, How Kids can Fight COVID-19!

This is a new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

During the early stages of the project, more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.

In order to reach as many children as possible, the book has been widely translated into more than 30 languages. It is being released as both an online product and audio book. All languages are available in PDF form at the link below.

Source: My Hero is You, How Kids can Fight COVID-19!