Facebook launches Coronavirus Information Center in 17 African countries




A medical worker wearing a protective mask and suit and a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen in an intensive care unit at the Oglio Po hospital in Cremona, Italy March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Center to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa.The information centers form part of Facebook’s effort to help the global fight 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, that provides a central place for people to keep informed about the Coronavirus. It includes 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 preventing the spread of Covid-19.

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

The center has already launched in South Africa, it will now be expanded to the following new sub – Saharan African markets:BeninBurkina FasoCameroonCape VerdeChadCôte d’IvoireEthiopiaGabonGuineaKenyaMaliMauritaniaNigeriaSenegalSeychellesThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)TogoFacebook’s Head of Public Policy, Africa, Kojo Boakye said,“We’ve built the information centers, 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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