COVID-19 and Climate Change

West Africa

The relationship between COVID-19, deforestation, and wildlife trafficking has prompted the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA-BiCC) program to respond to the pandemic. COVID-19 Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are embedded into its existing radio program. This 24-episode radio drama and call-in show airs on eight stations in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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A series of public service announcements describes the origin and spread of COVID-19 and discourages the consumption of bushmeat.
PSA1.      Like Ebola, Coronavirus or COVID-19 comes from animals. These diseases get into human beings when we interact with wildlife through hunting, selling, eating, keeping them as pets, trafficking them and clearing the forests that are their homes. To save our own lives and the lives of our loved ones, let’s avoid all wild and illegally obtained animals and let us thrive together with the forests and animals
PSA2.      The Coronavirus is still spreading all around the world and killing thousands of people. Scientists believe Coronavirus or COVID-19 passed from one wild animal to another before reaching humans through contact or eating. To save our own lives and the lives of our loved ones, let’s avoid all wild and illegally obtained animals.
PSA3.      Hunters and bushmeat traders beware. Going in the bush to hunt even authorized animals and then eat or sell them is risky as you may have a disease and pass that disease onto the animals which could kill them and wipe out their population.
PSA4.      We are all in this together! Let’s learn from and also teach our neighbors and partners how to keep what we eat like chickens, goats, pigs and other livestock, leaving the forest and its animals at peace while protecting our families and communities from deadly diseases.