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Usage of social and behavioral change communication approaches for effective risk communication to prevent and manage COVID-19 in Nepal
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  • Kiran Bam,
  • Rajshree Thapa,
  • Kiran Acharya,
  • Navaraj Bhattarai,
  • Ashmin Bhattarai
Kiran Bam
Public health professional working in Nepal
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Rajshree Thapa
Monash University
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Kiran Acharya
New ERA
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Navaraj Bhattarai
Nepal Public Health Research and Development Centre
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Ashmin Bhattarai
Public health professional working in Nepal
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Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has appeared as the biggest challenge of present time as our health systems are struggling to contain the spread of the virus. As COVID-19 developed rapidly into a pandemic, people need to acquire and apply health information, and adapt into their behavior right away. However, there exists a global epidemic of misinformation alongside this pandemic. People at risk need to be able to take informed decisions on mitigating the effects of the disease outbreak and practice protective and preventive actions. This affirms the urgency and importance of forming a dedicated risk communication team in the country to design and deliver risk communication packages with the SBCC approach addressing the need of subpopulations dwelling at all levels.