COVID Won’t End Up Like the Flu; It Will Be Like Smoking

The “new normal” will arrive when we acknowledge that COVID’s risks have become more in line with those of smoking cigarettes—and that many COVID deaths, like many smoking-related deaths, could be prevented with a single intervention.

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    Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines in Niger

    To raise awareness among the people and debunk the myths related to vaccinations, UNICEF initiated a Covid-19 Vaccination Awareness Campaign in Niger. This drive is being held in collaboration with the Scouts Association.

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      Country Spotlight: Worry about Catching COVID-19 in Nigeria

      The percentage of respondents reporting “a great deal” of worry has been below 40% on the COVID Behaviors Dashboard for nearly a year (June 2021). With less than 10% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 as of May 2022 and the potential for underreporting of cases contributing to inaccurate measures of the true toll of COVID-19, public health messaging and targeting vulnerable or hard to reach populations may be critical to successful vaccination campaigns. Nigeria has seen success in relying on its polio response network to deliver COVID-19 and other vaccines, indicating a valuable strategy for current and future pandemics.

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      Cote d’Ivoire Easter COVID ‘Vaccinate Before Travel’ Campaign

      In Côte d’Ivoire, this news report shares about an innovative strategy to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination coverage through targeting Easter travelers.  Easter is a time of heavy travel; regional celebrations known as Paquinou are organized.  Large public gatherings/mass movement make this a high-risk period for transmission. the center of the country.

      The strategy promoted ‘vaccinate before travel’ and included pop up vaccination promotion to encourage travelers to get vaccinated before traveling.  This link includes a campaign report, a TV News report and Campaign images.

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        Engaging Religious Leaders to Boost COVID-19 Vaccination

        The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs-led Breakthrough ACTION project has been working in Malawi to engage religious leaders, educate them and help them use what they learn to help their congregants understand the value of vaccination and other COVID-prevention methods.

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        Social listening supports COVID-19 Communication response in the Philippines

        USAID Breakthrough ACTION worked with the Philippines’ Department of Health and Evident Marketing Communications to set up social listening scans on COVID-19 information, prevention and treatment, and vaccine confidence. These scans help DOH navigate shifting narratives and counter misinformation and disinformation while promoting COVID-19 prevention behaviors. They are also useful for decision-making and evaluation and helpful in documenting lessons learned to continuously improve SBC approaches.

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          COVID-19 and Meta: Social and Behavioral Change Communication Learnings from 20 Countries

          Throughout 2021, CARE launched 45 locally-led campaigns in 20 countries applying lessons learned during an eight-week training series with Meta. In the second half of 2021, participating countries built on their learnings from their first campaigns and attempted to answer new questions that arose all while creating culturally appropriate messaging to encourage the adoption of preventative behaviors and/or to build trust in the vaccine, even if it wasn’t yet available.

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            February COVID-19 Behaviors Newsletter

            New data on the COVID Behaviors Dashboard indicate that people in most countries are currently hungry for information about COVID-19 variants and treatment. As the surge of cases brought by the omicron variant fades in France, India, the United States and elsewhere, countries like Chile, Norway, and Malaysia are still at or approaching their peaks.

            Explore how key data points on the dashboard—such as masking behaviors and structural barriers to vaccination—have changed in this most recent period.

            Source: February COVID-19 Behaviors Newsletter

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              How South Sudan Beat the Odds to Delivery COVID Vaccines

              Led by community members like CARE’s Health & Nutrition Coordinator Dr. Emmanuel Ojwang and CARE’s Health and Nutrition Manager Dr. Kawa Tong, South Sudan solicited investments in the South Sudanese healthcare system after those 132,000 life-saving doses went to waste in May. They quickly secured surge funding from CARE’s Fast & Fair Campaign, South Sudan’s Health Pool Fund, UNHCR, and UNICEF, and were able to change the story by the time the next round of doses arrived in July.

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                Symptoms of a broken system: the gender gaps in COVID-19 decision-making

                A growing chorus of voices are questioning the glaring lack of women in COVID-19 decision-making bodies. Men dominating leadership positions in global health has long been the default mode of governing. This is a symptom of a broken system where governance is not inclusive of any type of diversity, be it gender, geography, sexual orientation, race, socio-economic status or disciplines within and beyond health – excluding those who offer unique perspectives, expertise and lived realities. This not only reinforces inequitable power structures but undermines an effective COVID-19 response – ultimately costing lives.

                By providing quantitative data, we critically assess the gender gap in task forces organised to prevent, monitor and mitigate COVID-19, and emphasise the paramount exclusion of gender-diverse voices.

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