1. Preventing transmission
The section on PREVENTING TRANSMISSION includes information on key public health measures that aim to prevent the further spread of the disease. It details how countries are advising the general public and people who (might) have the disease to prevent further spread, as well as measures in place to test and identify cases, trace contacts, and monitor the scale of the outbreak.
1.1 Health communication
An effective coordination mechanism for risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) was established as part of the national response structure (see Section 5) to support the existing National Crisis Communication Group and facilitate the coherence of messages coming from development partners and national stakeholders and to meet the specific needs of target audiences.
A Task Force was established at the initial phase of the epidemic. The MoHLSP elaborated a COVID-19 risk communication and community engagement plan covering travel advice, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and physical distancing were issued early in the epidemic (February 2020).
The MoHLSP coordinate and manages the main messages and communications related to COVID-19 and conduct two media briefings per day. The messages and health information are conveyed through most popular channels and tools: TV channels, radio stations, social media, social media influencers, NGOs, visuals in public places. For the first time in recent history, 2 health advice SMS-alerts were sent out by all national mobile operators:
• Stay at home awareness campaign – starting on 14 March 2020
• Social/physical distance messages – starting in February 2020
In order to effectively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and to better inform the general population, an online platform was launched on 20 March providing real-time data on cases. It was created with support from UNFPA, WHO, UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Moldova.