SBC Works! Partnership with the Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) to tackle COVID-19 Misinformation

Success stories from Eastern and Southern Africa

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Since the beginning of the outbreak, Rwanda has made efforts to promote preventive practices and COVID-19 vaccination among target population groups. Social mobilization, community feedback, and trust- building interventions are key to ensuring high awareness levels, social support, and the adaptation of SBC and service delivery interventions to overcome barriers hampering the demand and uptake of vaccines.

Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) has been an active partner of the government of Rwanda in response to the pandemic outbreak, mainly through risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), social mobilization and the provision of relief items to the most affected communities across the country.

UNICEF Rwanda, in partnership with RRCS, launched a 2-round project from July 2020 to December 2021 to establish a community- level feedback data collection and rumour tracking mechanism across the country. The purpose of this collaboration was not only to address rumours and misconceptions related to the COVID-19 virus and the vaccines but also to strengthen trust and ensure community feedback retro-fed into programmatic components.

December 2022

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