We must ACT NOW to keep Africa safe.
COVID-19 is a deadly disease that poses an immediate threat to the African continent and has the potential to take many lives. It is crucial that coronavirus transmission in Africa is restricted as quickly as possible to prevent a surge in cases and deaths, which would have a devastating impact on Africa’s already strained health systems. For prevention measures to be effective, the time to act is now.
Stay Safe Africa seeks to empower communities and individuals to take simple and proven preventative measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Africa, supporting the African Union, the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and national governments’ response plans. Furthermore, the campaign aims to encourage individuals to pool resources to support the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund.
Several risk factors mean the virus could spread quickly across the continent. High population densities, communal living, frequent and close contact between generations, weak health systems, as well as the constrained access to water and washing facilities all increase the likelihood of COVID-19 infections and fatalities.
Together, we must be vigilant to stop the spread of this disease. As the world comes together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to ensure that essential services and operations continue to protect the lives of people affected by malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases, vaccine preventable diseases and in need of improved access to adequate sanitation.
How can you PROTECT yourself, your family and community from COVID-19?
You can help protect yourself and others by taking five simple steps to stop the spread of COVID-19
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean them with alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Keep 1-meter distance from others
Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and others in public and where feasible.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Avoid touching your face and always cover your mouth and nose whith your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid crowded places
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
- At home or outside, use non-contact greetings only.
Stay at home
You can spread the virus even though you do not have symptoms.
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (if you cannot work from home). If you get out, wash your hands as soon as you come home.
- Do not meet others, even friends, family or religious gatherings.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
Stay informed and check the Africa CDC guidance
Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes.