Why Access to Information on Covid-19 is Crucial to Persons with Disabilities in Africa

By Paul Kimumwe |

While the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to ravage the world, there is growing concern that critical messages about the disease that are disseminated by health authorities, telecom companies, and broadcasters are not reaching persons with visual and hearing impairments.

In order to create public awareness about the pandemic, African governments are using mass media, notably radio and television, as well as Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), particularly  social media and mobile telephony platforms. The countries with confirmed Covid-19 cases, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ivory CoastKenya, NigeriaRwandaSenegalSouth AfricaTunisia, and Uganda, have restricted people’s movements and banned public meetings.

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