Kathmandu, May 25
Government and non-government organisations have appealed to the government to develop robust risk communications and community engagement mechanisms to combat persistent Covid risk.
During a workshop organised by Save the Children in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population, the National Health Education Information Communication Center (NHEICC), and the Association of International NGOs on Tuesday, the stakeholders raised their concerns about the lack of such a mechanism
The director of the National Health Education Information Communications Centre (NHEICC), Sunil Raj Sharma stated, “The threat of COVID-19 is still there, and we call upon organisations to work in collaboration with the government and design more community-focused risk communications and community engagement (RCCE) actions which are guided by evidence to deal with Covid and promote vaccine uptake.”
During the workshop, participants discussed best practices, community engagement and outreach, evidence generation and social norms research on COVID and vaccine uptake to design risk communications and community engagement (RCCE) actions.
Tara Chettry, the acting country director of Save the Children in her remarks acknowledged the achievement made by development partners and the government’s leadership in leading the Covid awareness and vaccination drive.