April 27, 2020
Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) of UHC2030 and WHO/Social Participation Technical Network (SPTN) conducted a survey on the role of civil society in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The result of the survey from 175 respondents in 56 countries which 98% of those is civil society sector shows that civil society organizations (CSOs) role in collaboration with the government is limited in the crisis. The preliminary results from the survey please click here.
Consequently, CSEM in collaboration with WHO/SPTN organized a zoominar to echo the role of civil society in response to the COVID-19 on 21st April. Thailand was exemplified as a case of good collaboration among governmental organizations at a national level and between governmental organizations and civil societies.
Dr. Preeda Taearak, Deputy Secretary General of National Health Commission, Thailand, updated a joint project on ‘a synergy of active citizens to support fighting against COVID-19’. He told that the project had two main objectives – one was to support of CSOs’s participation in response to the pandemic at provincial, district and sub-district level, and another was to transform citizens to be literate in health and active in contributing to society. Currently, National Health Commission Office has set up a coordinating centre in support of fighting against Covid-19