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RFUK partner designs COVID-19 poster to help forest communities prepare

12 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a testing time for us all. In the effort to halt this pandemic, we have all taken preventative measures to protect our loved ones, others and ourselves. Fortunately, we are starting to see a light on the horizon, with the nation passing the ‘peak’ of the virus’ spread, and the hope of 'normality' returning.



For the indigenous and forest peoples in the Central African Republic (CAR), however, the prospects look far bleaker. Already among the world’s poorest, and arguably, most vulnerable people, they have little or no access to healthcare or medical information, and face many threats to their lives and livelihoods every day.

We are supporting our local partner, Centre d’Appui pour la Développement Durable, who is working with community leaders to raise awareness and safely deliver much needed supplies including food, soap, buckets and information resources. As part of this effort, they have designed a COVID-19 information poster (see below), featuring recommendations from the WHO and the national government, to help the communities prepare for the virus.

"In remote forest areas, there is often no access to information (even radio) and no health care facilities. Providing necessities and clear messages can help forest communities avoid the worst. Please help us protect them from this pandemic." - Bienvenu Kemanda, Coordinator, Centre d’Appui pour le Développement Durable (CADD).

Take a look at the leaflet here.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit our appeal page.

 

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