Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have partnered to launch a digital campaign and two-day festival, called #AfricaTogether, to prompt sustained vigilance against COVID-19.
As the confirmed COVID-19 cases rise in Africa and restrictions are being eased, continued vigilance of the virus becomes more important. #AfricaTogether uses music and comedy in combination with information for COVID-19 first responders and fact-checkers to spread awareness, fight misinformation and continue the efforts against coronavirus.
APO Group reported that the festival taking place on 4 and 5 June will include performances by artists such as Aramide, Ayo, Femi Kuti, Ferre Gola, Salatiel, Serge Beynaud, Patoranking, Youssou N’dour and many others.
The festival will also include a digital awareness campaign with prevention messages developed with Red Cross and Red Crescent health experts.
The event will be streamed on Facebook Live, on 4 June in English and on 5 June in French. To watch, you can can go to the Facebook Africa page and Red Cross and Red Crescent Facebook pages.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis in that it can affect us all, and ignores borders, ethnicities, and religions. African communities so far have responded quickly, but the risk remains very real. If we all do our part, we will beat Covid-19. Music is a powerful uniting force and we hope that the #AfricaTogether festival will bring renewed hope and action against this dangerous disease,” said Mamadou Sow, a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, to APO Group.