Facebook's Coronavirus Information Center which was launched in South Africa has now expanded to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Photo: IANS
Facebook's Coronavirus Information Center which was launched in South Africa has now expanded to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Photo: IANS

Facebook expands Covid-19 Information Centers to 17 sub-Saharan countries

By Dhivana Rajgopaul Time of article published Apr 9, 2020

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DURBAN - Facebook's Coronavirus Information Center which was launched in South Africa has now expanded to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Information Centers are a 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.

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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 new centers are in the following sub - Saharan African markets:

1. Benin 

2. Burkina Faso 

3. Cameroon 

4. Cape Verde 

5. Chad 

6. Côte d’Ivoire 

7. Ethiopia 

8. Gabon

9. Guinea 

10. Kenya 

11. Mali 

12. Mauritania 

13. Nigeria 

14. Senegal 

15. Seychelles 

16. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 

17. Togo 

 Facebook’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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