The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $4 million to the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs to help nine countries — six in Asia and three in Africa — with communication and community engagement activities to prepare for and respond to the novel coronavirus spreading across the world. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
CCP’s Breakthrough ACTION project will lead the efforts alongside its partner Save the Children to help ensure that governments share appropriate messages with the public — and reduce the spread of rumors and misinformation — in order to prevent the transmission of the virus and stem panic. There is still a good deal that isn’t known about COVID-19, but one of the best ways to prevent transmission is regular handwashing and keeping a distance from others.
The award to CCP is part of $37 million in financing from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at USAID for 25 countries affected by COVID-19 or at high risk of its spread.
The CCP-led work will support work in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, and another African nation where CCP already has USAID-funded programs. Save the Children, a partner on the Breakthrough ACTION work, will head up the work in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar where it already works. Each country will create individual messages and calls to action based on the situation on the ground, which is specific to them.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 27