Community Rapid Assessment on COVID-19 in Eastern and Southern Africa

Behavioural Findings and Insights in Kenya, Madagascar and South Sudan.

A young boy wears a face mask as he walks with his mother on the streets of Mathare, Kenya
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We are pleased to share with you a report on early results from the Community Rapid Assessment (CRA) on COVID-19 in ESAR: Behavioral Findings and Insights from Kenya, Madagascar and South Sudan.

Efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 rely on key behaviour such as handwashing, physical distancing and the use of masks, among others. Risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) programmes can reinforce these behaviours, but to be effective, these strategies should be evidence-based.

The CRA was designed to strengthen this evidence base by gathering rapid time-series data to examine protective practices, coping strategies, and emerging needs in relation to COVID-19. The attached report provides a brief overview of the CRA as implemented in three of the eight participating countries in ESAR (Kenya, Madagascar, and South Sudan), focusing on 1) key findings and early insights and 2) early lessons and considerations from applying this approach. The findings provide preliminary recommendations for adjusting current RCCE strategies and demonstrate the value of deploying rapid analytic systems for emergencies like COVID-19.

We hope you will find the attached report useful and we look forward to sharing ongoing findings from additional ESAR countries.

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