A well-supported, appropriately equipped, empowered, and protected social service workforce is essential to mitigating the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social service workers can build on their existing strong ties to children, families, and communities to rapidly respond in ways that are effective. However, to do so, they must stay safe and healthy. The new technical note Social Service Workforce Safety and Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Response provides guidance and recommended actions to support the social service workforce and empower them to safely serve children, families, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document is a collaboration between the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, UNICEF, International Federation of Social Workers and Alliance for Children Protection in Humanitarian Action.
Handwashing with soap, together with other public health interventions, will be key to curbing the transmission of COVID-19.
This technical brief offers guidelines for:
- Key moments for handwashing with soap during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Knowledge alone does not always lead to behavior change
- Integrate a range of handwashing determinants into promotion efforts
- Create handwashing infrastructure that enables behavior
- Use cues, reminders, and rewards to trigger handwashing behaviors
- Share stories to motivate handwashing
- Addressing common barriers to handwashing with soap
- Rapid interventions to promoting handwashing as part of COVID-19 response
- Online resources
It offers three steps:
The purpose of this package is to protect healthcare workers (HCWs) from infection and prevent potential spread of COVID-19 within healthcare facilities. It contains a series of simplified messages and reminders based on WHO’s more in-depth technical guidance on infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities in the context of COVID-19.
This package is intended for HCWs and healthcare facility management and can be shared through networks of healthcare professionals and directly to healthcare facilities. The Ministry of Health in your country may like to send this package to all government hospitals and healthcare facilities. Copies of the package should be sent to networks of private practitioners, medical, nursing and midwives associations for peer to peer sharing and posting as appropriate. Materials can be adapted to local languages and placed in healthcare facilities where they are readily available as reminders for HCWs.
It offers three steps:
To assist health workers and researchers working under challenging conditions to bring this outbreak to a close, The Lancet has created a Coronavirus Resource Centre. This resource brings together new 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) content from across The Lancet journals as it is published. All of our COVID-19 content is free to access. You can also sign up to be kept up to date on Lancet COVID-19 content.
Daily coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation reports include global case counts in the last 24 hours and other surveillance data. The reports also include highlights of important developments as well as WHO preparedness and response actions.
Source: WHO Daily Situation Reports
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