Fighting Covid-19: Increase Civic Responsiveness and Compliance to Safety Protocols – Caritas Ghana
The Development Agency for Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, Caritas Ghana in partnership with FAITH Ghana platform with support from the STAR Ghana Foundation is implementing interventions to curb the growing spread of the Covid-19 pandemic using Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) strategies.
The project which is been implemented through the "FAITH in Ghana" platform is an interfaith network of influential Faith-Based Organizations in Ghana which consist of; Office of the National Chief Imam (ONCI), Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana (AMM), Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC), Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Ghana (FOMWAG) and the Marshallan Relief and Development Services. (MAREDES).
The Overall outcome of the exercise is to Increased civic responsiveness and compliance to safety protocols towards reduced number of infections and advocacy for improved service delivery for the poor and vulnerable.
The strategies are aimed at reducing the spread of the virus through Civic Sensitization Awareness and Regular dissemination of Civic education messages using places of worship as well as Use of traditional and non-traditional media.
At a Media engagement on Interfaith Actions for Social behavior change on Covid-19 to promote the safety protocols and also a campaign on citizens access, equity and acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana, Samuel Zan AKologo in an interview with journalists said, the project is aimed at reducing positive cases and improve citizens’ compliance to safety protocols through Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) messages by interfaith Leaders using local languages.
Meanwhile, Informal Communities have Improved access to reliable and timely COVID-19 SBCC messages by interfaith Leaders.
The program is national in scope and consist of 8 regions including: Greater Accra, Ashanti Region, Central Region, Northern Region Upper West Region, Upper East Region, North-East Region and Savannah Region.