Sierra Leone COVID-19 Big Idea of the Week Campaign

The Big Idea of the Week delves deeper into a specific COVID-related topic. Each week, Big Idea tackles a specific area of COVID-19 and provides important information, guidelines, and messages for the public.

Breakthrough ACTION, led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) National COVID-19 Emergency Response Center (NACOVERC), creates these messages. They are disseminated on the Ministry website and via the Ministry of Information and Communication’s Facebook page.

Source: Sierra Leone COVID-19 Big Idea of the Week Campaign

    Eswatini COVID-19 Mythbusters

    The ten mythbusters, available in English and Siswati, were developed based on feedback received from chiefdom leadership who  identified prevailing myths and misconceptions related to COVID-19 prevention, treatment or stigma related to recovery.

    Key mythbusters tackle use of alcohol, garlic, hot baths, home remedies, sex, bleach and sanitizer, and hydroxychoroquine, with key facts.  They also address misconceptions that only urban populations or older people are affected and reassure people about recovery.

    Source: Eswatini COVID-19 Mythbusters

      Strategy Stop COVID-19 in 60 Days

      A video outlining the strategy of L’Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire (L’ANSS) and partners (Breakthrough ACTION, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, and USAID) for the the stop COVID-19 campaign in 60 days.

      Source: Strategy Stop COVID-19 in 60 Days

        COVID-19: Long Term Health Effects

        This guidance from Public Health England explains that around 10% of mild coronavirus (COVID-19) cases who were not admitted to a hospital have reported symptoms lasting more than 4 weeks. A number of hospitalized cases reported continuing symptoms for 8 or more weeks following discharge.

        It suggests that patients recovering from COVID-19 infection should speak to their family doctor about local care pathways for support and assessment of any long-term symptoms or health problems.

        Source: COVID-19: Long Term Health Effects

          How Can I Ask My Friends to Wear Masks? Talking to Friends, Family, Kids, and Coworkers About COVID-19 Safety

          Navigating the interpersonal side of recommendations about wearing masks and physical distancing can be tricky. Physical distancing runs counter to many of our social norms and complicates the ways we work, celebrate milestones, and generally interact with other humans. Things can get even more complicated when people’s boundaries and perceived levels of safety are in conflict.

          So, what do you say to a friend who insists that COVID-19 is no worse than the flu? How do you talk to your parents who keep going to restaurants to eat indoors? What if a beloved family member wants you to come to their wedding or birthday party and you don’t feel safe attending? How do you talk to your kids about safety without scaring them too much?

          This guide lays out scenarios like these, and specialists Laura Murray, PhD, clinical psychologist and senior scientist in the Department of Mental Health, weighs in on the interpersonal side of pandemic precautions. Crystal Watson, DrPH, a senior scholar at the Center for Health Security, provides practical underpinnings based on current research, data, and public health guidance.

          Source: How Can I Ask My Friends to Wear Masks? Talking to Friends, Family, Kids, and Coworkers About COVID-19 Safety

            Wear Your Mask the Right Way

            This is a series of Instagram messages created by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The messages show the many ways people avoid wearing their masks properly, along with a humorous message. The posters address common mistakes people make while wearing a mask, such as holding it in their hands, wearing it on their arms or on their chin.

            Source: Wear Your Mask the Right Way

              COVID-19 IEC Bureau Government of Maharashtra India

              This is a collection of resources created by the government of the Indian state of Maharashtra, IEC Bureau and UNICEF to communicate information about COVID-19. These resources include media files, newspaper ads, posters, and videos in Hindi which cover a wide range of topics related to COVID-19.

              Source: COVID-19 IEC Bureau Government of Maharashtra India

                COVID-19 Health Literacy Project

                This project creates and translates accessible COVID-19 information into different languages to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care. The materials are created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing.

                All of the materials are reviewed and vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at the Harvard hospitals. These materials are created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing. The materials are freely available for download and distribution without copyright restrictions. The project currently supports 35 languages.

                Source: COVID-19 Health Literacy Project

                  Coronavirus Message for Communities

                  This short video can be used in many communities.  It answers the questions: How does coronavirus (COVID-19) spread? What are the symptoms? Who is at risk? How can you protect yourself and your family?

                  Source: Coronavirus Message for Communities

                    Nigeria Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Resource Center

                    This website offers publications and materials for the public emanating from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

                    The site includes posters and infographics, audio files, and videos, all created to increase public awareness about COVID-19 signs, symptoms, testing, and prevention.

                    Source: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Resource Center