The National Civil Society Council of Liberia and Partners Launched the Joint COVID-19 Advocacy Campaign project in Monrovia under the Them, “Supporting Effective Advocacy in Liberia (SEAL) Project”. Speaking at the Launching Ceremony on Friday, September 3rd, 2021, Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia Loretta Aletha Pope – Kai said, the project is aimed at enhancing citizens’ awareness of their rights to basic services, COVID-19 vaccination, mechanisms to access them, and document the evidence of access to services across seven counties in Liberia.
She noted that the National Civil Society Council of Liberia will work with the SEAL project team including, 10 Civil Society organizations and 15 Community-Based organizations to engage with its member’s based institutions to provide information necessary for the protection and promotion of rights including the rights to health and other basic services.
The NCSCL will provide education and access to information concerning citizens rights-respecting COVID-19 needs to ensure accurate information is provided promptly. The information gathered will be used to develop open position papers or call to action for the government to respond to citizens’ rights to basic services. The information will also be used for media engagement and policy dialogue with key stakeholders.
The Chairperson added that the Council will also develop messages to be aired on Various radio programs to talk about citizens’ rights to basic services, how to access these services, and messages of COVID-19. She highlighted key activities under this project which included: 1. Enhance citizen awareness on their rights to basic services, COVID-19 vaccination, mechanisms to access them, and document the evidence of access to services in the target counties.
2. Conduct media and community outreach blended public education and sensitization on people’s rights to services as required in the fight against COVID-19.
3. Broadcast research-based COVID-19 and Government services focused radio interviews with authorities, GOL, and members of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA).
4. Mobilize community structures such as traditional chiefs and elders, women and youth groups on mass media campaigns using Jingles, town criers, and radio communications.
5. Distribute basic hygiene materials and demonstrate COVID-19 safety practices to community members.
6. Conduct public awareness with women, girls, men and boys, and community stakeholders on the prevention and eradication of domestic violence and SGBV amid COVID-19 through mass communication (posters and radio programs).
7. Conduct a sample satisfaction survey of food distribution of the Government of Liberia to ensure it benefits the target population (women, children, and other vulnerable groups) and make the satisfaction survey reports public every month through newspaper and radio programs to hold the government accountable.
Serving as chief Launcher Communications Manager and public health Advocacy Lead, National Public Health Institute of Liberia Mr. Joseph Weah, admonished SEAL the spirit of collaboration, coordination, and teamwork especially so working with the subject matters experts.
“I want to thank the organizers for inviting me to officially launch the joint covid 19 Advocacy Actions, let me also use this occasion to call on you as civil society actors to prevail on the national legislators for the swift Passage of the public health law that was submitted for review and amendment since 1976 and it is Arcade”, he noted.
Mr. Weah at the same time encouraged SEAL to understand the basic covid 19 health protocols like other international health regulations about the virus by doing so, will put them in a better position in their advocacy and awareness drive, and encourage them to do more for the safety of the general public.
National Public Health Institute of Liberia-NPHIL, Kvinna till Kvinna, the Irish Aid, the Ministry of Finance, Development Planning, the European Union in Liberia, the Embassy of Sweden near Monrovia, Mercy Corps Liberia, and representatives of institutions implemented the SEAL project which is funded by the European Union, Irish Aid, and Sweden.