Case Studies

Case studies promoting collective experiences seeking to strengthen community-led approach within public health emergency response

Youth-Led Risk Communication and Outreach for Rural Communities


The aim of this initiative was to initiate a short-term emergency response mechanism to bridge the information gap on COVID-19. This involved reaching out to rural communities to implement sensitization strategies locally in 10 communities from eight districts in the Upper East region of Ghana from 1st April to 30th June 2021.

The strategy was to start with essential COVID-19 information training for the youth volunteers, and for them to undertake the community sensitization outreach. The use of radio broadcasting for broader information sharing was initiated to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable and hard to reach populations.

50 volunteers from the social movement were trained and remained active in the initiative.

This initiative was youth-led by the Young Urban Women’s Movement (YUWM), supported by ActionAid Ghana, and funded by ActionAid Denmark. The Ghana Health Services Ministry was a key partner in providing COVID-19 training and traditional and community leaders played an important role in mobilizing the communities.

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ActionAid, Ministry of Health of Ghana, Young Urban Women’s Movement




Community engagement, Community leaders, COVID-19, Ghana, Youth