The case of Al Abbassiyeh Municipality Disaster Risk Reduction Unit

Mon, 7 Jun 2021 / 

Description

Since the start of the global spread of COVID-19, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health developed, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, a strategic plan to confront the outbreak of the virus in Lebanon and set an implementation plan based on the capacity of the Lebanese health sector to respond. With the first confirmed case recorded in Lebanon, the Lebanese government has taken several measures to prevent, mitigate and respond to the emerging coronavirus at all levels, including public and private sector departments, municipalities and the local communities to limit the rapid spread of the virus. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in MENA region are key players in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, given their community networks and reach within their respective 8 through representatives to promote safe behaviour and practices and facilitate community understanding as part of risk communication and community engagement efforts. Therefore, community engagement is at the core of the response as it aims to systematically engage and communicate with communities to plan and implement an effective response based on their needs and priorities and relies on trusted channels of communication to disseminate timely and life-saving information and relevant assistance.