For more than 20 years, BBC Media Action has provided vital health information to audiences around the world, and helped them cope both in moments of crisis and in the longer-term. We are responding now to the COVID-19 pandemic – here is how you can help.
BBC Media Action is the BBC's international charity. We believe in the power of media and communication to do good.
In a crisis, people need the right information to help keep themselves and their families safe. When the COVID-19 outbreak began, we responded quickly – training and working with partners to produce trusted, accurate and timely content for social media, radio and television, to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and counter harmful mis- and dis-information.
The world’s poorest and most marginalised people feel the impact of COVID-19 and its related hardships the most. We are finding innovative ways to help communities understand how to protect themselves and their families through regular handwashing at critical moments.
What if access to water is difficult? What if you’re choosing between buying food or buying soap? Our programmes and research expose the barriers people face in stopping the spread of COVID-19 – informing practical solutions and inspiring creative ideas for standout communication that helps the people and communities where we work to stay safe.
Our dedicated teams moved rapidly to adapt our existing projects to address the knock-on effects of COVID-19 – from increased levels of violence against women, to children losing out on an education during lockdown. Through media, we’re helping people understand what they can do, individually and as a community, and how they can hold their leaders to account.
We are committed to supporting the international response for the long haul – helping people to survive, cope and recover from COVID-19, meeting their diverse and changing needs, and supporting local media to keep their communities informed.
As an independent charity, we are not funded by the BBC TV Licence Fee. We rely on the support of generous donors – governments, foundations, corporations and individuals – to make our work possible.
Trusted and accurate information will save lives.
Please help us to continue supporting the global response by donating.
Our COVID-19 response
- COVID-19 Handbook for mediaAvailable in English. Ukrainian and Romanian
- ‘Hello hope’: why COVID-19 communication is critical Afghanistan and Somalia
- Adapting our researchGlobally
- Adapting our projectsGlobally
- Lifeline communicationUse our online resources
- We're in this for the long haulAn update from our CEO
- Watch our COVID-19 contentGo to our YouTube channel
- Communication tools from BangladeshDownload from the Shonjog website here
- Basement broadcastsAfghanistan