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Abdoulaye learns the correct method of wearing a mask and gloves from Dr. Fatoumata Sanassy Keita.

Returned migrants in Guinea help prevent misinformation on COVID-19

CONAKRY – In Guinea, returned migrants have been equipped with basic skills to help their communities prevent the spread of Covid-19, including combatting misinformation.

Cross-border Activities Suspended While Thousands of Migrants Are Stranded in Mauritania Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Nouakchott The thousands of Senegalese and Malians who used to swarm markets in Sélibabi, in the south of Mauritania, have now deserted the sale premises.

1,300 Nigerien Gold Miners Stranded in Burkina Faso, IOM to Assist their Return Amid Border Closures

Ouagadougou – Over 1,300 Nigeriens are currently stranded in Burkina Faso after fleeing clashes in Diebougou, a gold mining region in that country’s south. Lacking means to use public transportation, 

COVID-19 Crisis: Over 2,000 Stranded Chadian Students Return Home Through The EU-IOM Joint Initiative

N’Djamena – Almost 2,000 stranded Chadian students are receiving assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to return home safely from Cameroon.

Nigeria: IOM Builds Quarantine Shelters in IDP Camps as Conflict-Affected Borno State Records First COVID-19 Cases

Maiduguri – Conflict-affected communities in north-east Nigeria are increasingly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic as cases begin to be reported in Borno State.

Nigeria: IOM Builds Quarantine Shelters as Conflict-Affected Borno State Records First COVID-19 Cases

Maiduguri – Conflict-affected communities in north-east Nigeria are increasingly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic as cases begin to be reported in Borno State.

Town Criers, Troubadors Raise COVID-19 Awareness in Rural Chad

N’Djamena – In Chad, a landlocked country in Central Africa, more than 70 per cent of the population is rural and with limited access to digital information channels.

IOM Steps Up Risk Communication and Community Engagement in Response to COVID-19 in West and Central Africa

Dakar – In West and Central Africa, the spread of COVID-19 has been accompanied by a contagion of misinformation, creating fear and uncertainty among certain communities.   

Migrant Returnees Lead Community Outreach for COVID-19 in West Africa

Dakar – In response to the growing Covid-19 pandemic, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Migrants as Messengers project is raising awareness to prevent the spread of the disease.

IOM Supports Guinea-Bissau’s Preparedness and Response to COVID-19

Bissau – With 40 confirmed cases as of 14 April 2020, Guinea-Bissau is one of the least affected countries with COVID-19 in West Africa.

Over 1,500 Senegalese, Gambian Leaders in Border Communities Engaged in Fight Against COVID-19

Banjul – The COVID-19 pandemic has hit a total of 52 African countries, among them 23 in West and Central Africa.

UPDATE COVID-19 (4.9.2020): Trends and Challenges in West and Central Africa

Travel Restrictions and Stranded Migrants Across the Region