The Congelese and COVID-19

on 06/04/2020

This report gives an overall opinion on how Covid-19 is perceived dangerous by Congolese and what they think on actions of the President and local governments. The study was conducted by phone in 6 regions in the DR Congo with a sample of 1000 people selected by quotas method (by sex, age and regions). The report is in French.

Why was the research conducted?

It was our contribution to the fight against Covid-19. There wasn't a poll on this topic and we decided to provide information on feedback of people so that improvements can be made on the way of talking about this pandemic and taking measures by the Government.

How was the research conducted?

It was a CATI study with 8 interviewers working home from April 6th to April 12th, 2020.

What are the key findings of the research?

Most of Congolese people (56%) don't believe Covid is dangerous vs 39% who think it's dangerous and 5% without opinion. People saying Covid-19 is not dangerous argue that they don't see dead people in their neighbouring environment (46%), there as less people dead in the DRC vs Other Countries (21%), Covid is an abroad disease (20%) and the impact of Covid 19 is exaggerated by media and politicians (12%).

Majority of Congolese (71%) are satisfied of the President actions against Covid-19. Except for one region (Sud Kivu, 41%), Congolese are satisfied on the actions of their local governments. Both President and local governments actions helped to stop the Covid-19 impact in the DRC (lockdown in the Kinshasa, closing boarders, schools, restaurants, snacks, coffees..).

The main recommendation of the study is to change the way of talking about Covid 19 in the DR Congo (not a unique message in French from the Capital Kinshasa but using local language by local leaders in each regions).

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Contributor's Name: Serge Mumbu