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Facebook Expands Coronavirus Information Centers in Africa

by Daniel Sabiiti
10:21 am
Facebook has expanded its Coronavirus Information Centers on the continent as part of its commitment to empowering people around the world with timely and accurate news from trusted health authorities.
The new countries where Facebook is launching the Coronavirus Information Center include Rwanda, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information Center is featured at the top of News Feeds and provides a central place for people to keep informed about Coronavirus.
It includes real-time updates from national official sources, regional and global organizations such as the Africa Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as helpful resources – articles, videos and posts – and tips about social distancing and prevention of Covid-19 spread.
Africa’s Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Kojo Boakye, said that Facebook is supporting the public health community’s work across the world to keep all communities informed during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are happy to provide nearly every country in Sub-Saharan Africa with its own Information Center so people across the continent have a central place to find authoritative information around COVID-19,” Boakye said.
On the continent, Coronavirus Information Center is already in place in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Togo.