In Burkina Faso, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a variety of reactions among some Ouagadougou residents that have complicated efforts for a timely response. Hesitancy to get tested, avoiding contact tracers, or wariness of what the neighbors will say are some of these reactions.
COVID-19 and Stigma
Stigma associated with COVID-19 poses a serious threat to the lives of healthcare workers, patients, and survivors of the disease.
The project has produced public service announcements for specific regions of Ethiopia.
The COVID-19 response under Breakthrough ACTION Cambodia includes a six-episode children's and caretakers' animated series aimed at disseminating key COVID-19 messages focused on key behaviors (e.g., handwashing, self-isolation) and prevention of COVID-19.
Stigma can isolate people, prevent them from seeking medical care, and adopt healthy behaviors.This short video aims to learn more about how one can help to tackle stigma associated with COVID-19.
The "Show Some Love in Chinatown" campaign encourages New Yorkers to patronize Chinatown businesses amid coronavirus fears.
This fact sheet explains that misinformation about coronavirus and COVID-19 can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy.
It is important to remember that people – including those of Asian descent – who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.
This technical brief includes important considerations and resources to support country programs in recognizing and working to reduce stigma around COVID-19.