Community mobilizers in the Grand Cape Mount county pose for a group photo after a training session. LCC is at the forefront of leading a national awareness campaign on COVID-19, training and deploying 175 community mobilizers in eight Counties.
The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) is leading efforts in the COVID-19 response and recovery process through community engagement and social mobilization to curtail the spread of the pandemic that has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide. In partnership with the Liberia government and other stakeholders, LCC is at the forefront of the leading national awareness campaign on COVID-19, training and deploying 175 community mobilizers in the eight counties.
The community mobilizers are from faith-based groups, students, community leaders, and local-based civil society organizations. The target counties are Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Montserrado, Gbarpolu, Grand Kru, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh. They have so far led campaigns in 336 communities.
LCC is a network of churches and other faith-based organizations with a membership of 35 organizations. LCC is currently implementing the second phase of a project anchored on promoting accountability in Liberia's COVID-19 response and recovery process.
The awareness and advocacy campaigns target churches, mosques, community centers, schools, and other social gatherings. With the support from I4C-Africa Hub, LCC has been instrumental in disseminating awareness-related information on COVID-19 through 26 local radio stations in the eight Counties.
The campaigns focus on messages around the mandatory wearing of masks, vaccination, social distancing, handwashing with soap, or applying hand sanitizer. During the first phase of the project, LCC was at the centre of coordinating meetings bringing all stakeholders such as the ministry of health, civil society organizations, academia, faith-based organizations, and the private sector.
LCC has received plaudits from the government with the Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Health, Hon. Norway Howard, in a past engagement meeting, hailed the churches and the partners for the initiative. Liberia is officially in the third wave of the pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, as of 5 October 2021, there have been 5,799 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 286 deaths.