COVID-19 Facilitator Guide

The Breakthrough ACTION Guyana COVID-19 Facilitator Guide is a set of cue cards that are used by community facilitators to conduct community meetings or one on one sessions with community members.

The guide contains simple and important information about COVID-19 and helps the community facilitator in providing accurate information to the community.

Source: COVID-19 Facilitator Guide

    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

      mHero App

      This app was developed during the Ebola crisis to help frontline health workers to keep u to date with the latest data and guidance, as well as keep a check on their own health.

      Lessons learned from the Ebola response pointed to how fast, informative communication to frontline health workers and their immediate, precise case reporting helped tackle the health emergency. mHero was useful in engaging communities, managing rumors, and mitigating public health threats.

      Given mHero’s origin, it is uniquely suited to fulfill communication needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mHero platform can be used for myriad government health communications needs, segmenting health workers into specific groups to:

      • Coordinate health promotion strategies and public health emergency responses
      • Train health workers on infection prevention and control and risk communication
      • Test health worker knowledge of COVID-19 responses through mini-quizzes
      • Report suspected COVID-19 cases and other high-priority diseases
      • Relay unanticipated stock-outs of essential commodities such as sterile gloves, masks, and respirators
      • Reveal local health and safety concerns, including mental health and physical risks

      Source: mHero App

        COVID-19 Contact Tracing Online Course

        The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.

        In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities.

        The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts — along with strategies to overcome them.

        Source: COVID-19 Contact Tracing Online Course

          WHO Advice for Home-Based Care of COVID-19

          This page includes guidance for the public on home-based care practices for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have come in contact with others who have tested positive. It was originally published in March 2020 and then updated in August 2020.  This is the latest version.

          The updates include:

          • Considerations regarding the IPC requirements for the household to be suitable for caring for COVID-19 patients in the home
          • Clinical monitoring and treatment of COVID-19 patients at home
          • Waste management in the home setting in the context of COVID-19
          • An appendix on the effective implementation of home-care policies

          Source: WHO Advice for Home-Based Care of COVID-19

            COVID-19 Training of Trainers Curriculum

            This is a training curriculum developed for Breakthrough ACTION Guyana Regional Support Coordinators to appropriately recruit and train Community Volunteer Facilitators to disseminate messages within their communities.

            Source: COVID-19 Training of Trainers Curriculum

              How Should Community Health Workers in Fragile Contexts be Supported: Qualitative Evidence from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo

              Community health workers (CHWs) are critical players in fragile settings, where staff shortages are particularly acute, health indicators are poor and progress towards Universal Health Coverage is slow. Like other health workers, CHWs need support to contribute effectively to health programmes and promote health equity.

              Yet the evidence base of what kind of support works best is weak. The authors present evidence from three fragile settings—Sierra Leone, Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo on managing CHWs, and synthesise recommendations for best approaches to support this critical cadre.

              Source: How Should Community Health Workers in Fragile Contexts be Supported: Qualitative Evidence from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo

                14 Actions You Can Take Today to Adapt Your Program for COVID-19

                This interactive collection from Knowledge SUCCESS synthesizes the major COVID-19 global guidelines and guidance documents into 14 concrete actions that programs can take today to ensure continued voluntary family planning and reproductive health care. Each action links to related resources to help you get started. Features resources from WHO, Breakthrough ACTION, FIGO, HIPs, RHSC, AFP, and others.

                Source: 14 Actions You Can Take Today to Adapt Your Program for COVID-19

                  COVID-19 Kenya – Clinical Guidance and Job Aid Tracker

                  This resource, produced by the Kenya Ministry of Health in partnership with USAID, tracks technical guidance about COVID-19 and lists useful job aids for health workers.  The tracker offers a brief description of each piece of guidance/job aid, a link to where it can be found, and the topic which it covers.

                  Source: COVID-19 Kenya – Clinical Guidance and Job Aid Tracker

                    COVID-19 Kenya – Knowledge Sharing Tracker

                    This resource, produced by the Kenya Ministry of Health in partnership with USAID, tracks reports, presentations, documents, and other tools which are being accumulated as new information about COVID-19 in Kenya is published. Several topics include: gender, PWD, informal settlement, COVID response/survey, wildlife, malnutrition, etc.

                    Source: COVID-19 Kenya – Knowledge Sharing Tracker