NEW YORK, USA, (27 July 2020)- /African Media Agency (AMA)/- JCDecaux Africa, the #1 out of home advertising company in Africa -- known for its street furniture, airport, roadside digital and billboard advertising -- is working with the END Fund to educate and promote responsible behaviour around COVID-19 in South Africa. The END Fund is a leading collaborative philanthropic fund dedicated to ending neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). A key educational behaviour that was promoted, was handwashing, as it is critical to effective NTD prevention as well as reducing the risk of COVID-19.
Through the partnership between JCDecaux Africa and the End Fund, it was possible to extend the reach and coverage for this initiative. Delivering much needed educational messaging. JCDecaux Africa is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen by helping our community and country through a host of activities and initiatives, such as these. Enabling valuable partnerships with like-minded organisations, such as the End Fund, who are committed and dedicated to helping.
This cross-sector collaboration arose from both organizations being involved in the Shared Value Africa Initiative, which is a pan-African business network that enables businesses to collaborate and form partnerships across borders to drive collective social impact at scale. The Shared Value Africa Initiative enabled both JCDecaux and the END Fund to identify an innovative approach for responding to COVID-19 in South Africa.
This partnership is supported by the END Fund’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which supports targeted COVID-19 prevention, response and recovery efforts that simultaneously advance the organization’s mission to end NTDs. Handwashing is a proven practice that fulfills this dual goal. For trachoma -- one of the 5 NTDs the END Fund focuses on -- improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions that facilitate handwashing can reduce the burden of the disease by 27%. Hence, it is crucial that platforms are created and strengthened for sharing information with people who otherwise may not have access to personal technology devices.
“For communities already at risk of neglected tropical diseases, the COVID-19 pandemic is an additional burden – a crisis upon a crisis. All of us at the END Fund are eager to do anything we can to limit the impact of COVID-19 on this vulnerable population. By partnering with JCDecaux to amplify proper hygiene and handwashing messaging from the World Health Organization Afro, we seek to share critical information and inform sustainable behavior change to beat both COVID-19 and NTDs.”- said Ms. Joy Ruwodo, Director of Public Affairs (Africa Region).
With underdeveloped health systems, family units often living in close quarters, and large urban centers, there is the potential for this virus to affect large portions of Africa. Therefore, promoting evidence-based messages is crucial when it comes to mitigating the effects of COVID-19. These billboards are paramount to remind people about the importance of good hygiene practices, which in turn can lead to positive long-term health-promoting behaviors.
JCDecaux is the number one out-of-home media company worldwide, with more than 1 million advertising panels in more than 80 countries and more than 13,000 employees. For FY19, JCDecaux reported revenue of approximately €3,890 million. Incorporated in 1964 in France, JCDecaux was listed on the Paris Stock Exchange in 2001. JCDecaux has been providing high quality, architecturally designed street furniture in Australia since 1997. Its Australian and New Zealand businesses includes 40,000 assets spanning airports, rail, transit, static and digital billboards.
About the END Fund
The END Fund is the only private philanthropic initiative solely dedicated to ending the five most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which affect more than 1.7 billion people globally. It efficiently puts private capital to work, advocating for NTD programs that are innovative, integrated, and cost-effective. It facilitates strong partnerships with the private sector and has supported national disease control programs in 31 countries.
Since its founding in 2012, with its partners, the END Fund has provided over 920 million donated treatments worth over $1 billion, over 17,000 surgeries for people suffering from the effects of the advanced stages of elephantiasis and trachoma, and trained more than 2.7 million people in NTD control and elimination efforts. Visit www.end.org for more information.