Coordinating and Mobilizing Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Nigeria

BMGF; August 2020 – March 2021

The Coordinating and Mobilizing Civil Society Response in Nigeria (COMCiRIN) project was a multi-sector Civil Society Response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus, and to minimize the pandemic’s toll on Nigeria’s public health and economy. COMCiRIN was coordinated by Health Systems Consult Limited (HSCL) and jointly implemented by Preston Associates for International Development (Preston Associates), Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) and Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON).

Preston Associates was responsible for the implementation of the accountability pillar. The pillar focused on generating information on response approaches at international, national, sub-national and community levels. It also tracked the Government’s performance as well as the effectiveness of mechanisms for resource mobilization, warehousing and use. Preston’s activities highlighted the use of data collated at different levels being deconstructed and used to drive messaging during the various dialogues via different social media platforms. Some of the key activities include: the development of COVID-19 Indicator dashboard, data analysis and visualization, data reporting and dashboard dissemination, facilitation of accountability and policy dialogues.

A webinar series was also a component of the accountability pillar, it was a virtual interactive platform for expert panelists and audiences to prioritize and explore areas that require additional rapid-response research. The series aimed at answering country specific contextual questions, with a view to gather evidence for any other future emergencies or outbreak.

Coordinating and Mobilizing Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Nigeria

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