COVID-19 Prevention in West Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa has already begun its prevention efforts against the regional spread of the Coronavirus, with 3,924 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of this writing.
Tostan is immediately applying our 29 years of experience to support social norms and behavior changes and provide life saving information in culturally appropriate and trusted formats to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social network influencers, including religious leaders, well-respected elders, and our own trusted local staff are acting quickly to establish and promote new norms that will replace behaviors shown to transmit the virus. We are also co-developing and distributing information in many local languages in print, on the radio, and through short culturally relevant videos.
Please contribute now to raise $50,000 as part of Tostan's overall $1,000,000 goal, and keep 782 staff employed for three months as social norms and prevention ambassadors. These trusted allies provide myriad support in their own communities to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
We believe it is possible to save thousands of lives in the most vulnerable areas of West Africa. In the future we will continue to develop community resilience at the grassroots through our Community Empowerment Program and Strengthening Democracy for Civic Engagement approach.
Tostan is a global leader in community development and social transformation. Our mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.
For the past 27 years Tostan has been transforming lives in Africa. Our human-rights based education program leads to community-wide behaviour change in the areas of education, health, environment, governance, and economic growth, as well as in cross-cutting issues such as female genital cutting, child protection, early childhood development, and empowerment of women and girls.
Since we began, our human-rights based education program has impacted more than five million people across eight African countries. Our model of investing in girls, women and communities has been tested and refined and is seeing remarkable, lasting results. It works.
Tostan Canada is a Canadian-registered charity that exists to raise funds and awareness for Tostan’s programs in Africa. We are entirely powered by volunteers. One hundred percent of dollars raised in Canada go directly to programs in Africa.
What People Are Saying
"When the history of African development is written, it will be clear that a turning point involved empowering women. Tostan demonstrates that empowerment is contagious. They are writing a story of inspiration, hard work, grassroots participation, tangible results, and a much brighter future. "
— Dr. William Foege, Senior Fellow, Gates Foundation