Facebook launches COVID-19 Information Centres in 17 African countries

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Facebook is expanding its COVID-19 Information Center to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to enhance the global fight against COVID-19.

The information centres will provide information to authorities for dissemination as well as resources and tips for staying healthy and supporting families and communities.

The COVID-19 Information Center is featured at the top of News Feed that provides a central place for people to keep informed about the Coronavirus. It includes real-time updates from national health authorities and global organisations such as the World Health Organization, as well as helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Facebook users can opt in to follow the centre to get notifications and see updates in their News Feed from official government health authorities.

The centre has already launched in South Africa. It will now be expanded to the following new sub – Saharan African markets: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, The Democratic Republic of Congo DRC and Togo

“We’ve built the information centers, in collaboration with national health partners, to ensure that people can get access to information from trusted health sources. The launch of the COVID-19 Information Center on Facebook in more than 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa aligns with our commitment to making accurate, timely information about the pandemic accessible to all communities”, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy, Africa, Kojo Boakye said.

 

Nneka Ukachukwu