COVID-19 AND THE U.S. RESPONSE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

US GOVERNMENT’S GLOBAL RESPONSE

REMARKS AND STATEMENTS BY US GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

US EMBASSY TUNIS RESPONDS

U.S. Embassy repatriated 135 Americans to the United States: Thanks to the help of many volunteers, the U.S. Embassy was able to repatriate 135 Americans to the United States despite an absence of all commercial flights in Tunisia, and also bring home 23 Tunisians who were on US Government-sponsored exchange programs across the United States. We are proud to have made it possible for Americans and Tunisians to be safe at home.

Embassy staff were magnificent! They were pleasant, courteous, responsive and helpful in every way possible. Their impeccable professionalism turned what could have been an ordeal into a truly smooth and painless process.
-Bill Granara, U.S. Citizen

Assistance Unit Project Provides 24/7 Violence Against Women Hotline During COVID-19 Confinement: The Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA) announced on March 23 that the 24-hour/7-day toll-free hotline will be functional during the COVID-19 confinement period to receive and manage complaints from women victims of violence. These services are secured by a multidisciplinary team from the Ministry with the support of the partnering organizations thanks to the Political Section’s Assistance Unit-funded project Safety and Women’s Advancement (SAWA).
This announcement came as a response to the concerns that the implementing partner, the American Bar Association Rule of Law (ABA ROLI), raised concerning the increase of domestic abuse due to recent measures of confinement. On March 29, Minister of Women Affairs Asma Sehiri Laabidi announced during a radio interview that the number of calls received from 23 to 27 March multiplied 3 times, and the number of calls related to physical and verbal violence increased five times compared to the same period last year.
The SAWA project ensures a capacity development for service providers’ staff at violence against women listening centers and shelters, enables the extension of the 1899 hotline’s operational hours from 5PM to 7AM. The project also works on finalizing a cloud-based software platform with gender-based violence data that will provide the hotline operators with the needed information to assist the callers.

Alumnus education video: Meet Dr. Sina who is a public health official working on Corona Virus awareness and education projects in Tunisia. She is an alumna of the International Visitors Leadership Program on Public Health.

American Center Virtual Event: Super Alumni Stepping Up During the Covid19 Crisis: Join Tunisian alumni of US Government sponsored exchange programs who are taking extraordinary efforts to help their communities in this pandemic.  Sina Haj Amor will discuss awareness and recommend good sources of information on preventing the spread of the virus, and Adnan Belhaj Yahia will discuss his 3D-printed protective masks initiative.
Friday, March 27, 2020, at 2 PM [Event is in English] 

US EMBASSY PARTNERS RESPOND

U.S. Embassy Partner Launches a COVID-19 Violations Platform:

Building on its MEPI-funded platform billkamcha.com that serves as a tool for whistleblowers to report on corruption cases, I-WATCH is currently using the platform to allow citizens to anonymously report violations of public health measures, such as large gatherings, operating restaurants and coffee shops, and quarantine violations.  I-WATCH publishes the reports online, and informs responsible authorities for actions. More than 280 reports were published and communicated to the authorities in the first five days of the site.