Facebook Launches Coronavirus Information Center In 17 African Countries

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Facebook is extending its Coronavirus Information Center to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The Information Centers form part of Facebook’s effort to support the global combat against COVID-19 by providing people with the latest news and information from trusted health authorities as well as resources and tips to stay healthy and support their family and community.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center is featured at the top of News Feed, which provides a central place for people to keep informed about the Coronavirus. It consists of real-time updates from national health authorities and global organisations such as the World Health Organization, as well as helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and avoiding the spread of COVID-19.

Facebook users can access the centre to get notifications and see updates in their News Feed from official government health authorities.

The centre has already been launched in South Africa, it will now be extended to the following new sub – Saharan African countries:

Benin
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Chad
Côte d’Ivoire
Ethiopia
Gabon
Guinea
Kenya
Mali
Mauritania
Nigeria
Senegal
Seychelles
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Togo

The Head of Public Policy for Facebook, Africa, Kojo Boakye emphasized on the expansion, “We’ve built the information centres, in collaboration with national health partners, to ensure that people can get access to information from trusted health sources. The launch of the COVID-19 Information Center on Facebook in more than 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa aligns with our commitment to making accurate, timely information about the pandemic accessible to all communities.”

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