COVID-19 Health Communication Materials for South Asia

As we come together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that it is vitally important to empower people with the right information and best practices to follow in these challenging times. We hope that these resources are useful for you and your communities.

Source: COVID-19 Health Communication Materials for South Asia

    Spouses Staying at Home

    This video was shared on Facebook and explains that by staying at home and not going out unnecessarily, the spouses are saving themselves and their community.

    Source: Spouses Staying at Home

      Supergirl Staying at Home

      This video was shared on Facebook and shows a little girl who considers herself a superhero because she is staying at home and keeping herself, her family, and her country safe from COVID-19.

      Source: Supergirl Staying at Home

        International COVID-19 Awareness and Responses Evaluation Study

        Understanding people’s concerns about COVID-19, their perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes about public health policies, and how they impact what people are (and are not) willing to do will be important for informing policy strategy and how they are communicated, to ensure the best health and economic outcomes.

        The iCARE Study will capture key data on people’s awareness, attitudes, and behaviors as they relate to the COVID-19 policies, as well as the impacts that COVID-19 is having on people’s physical and mental health, financial situation, and quality of life.

        Data from approximately 250,000 people around the world will be analyzed to understand what government policies are (and are not) influencing behavior and outcomes, and in whom these policies are most or least effective. This data can be used to inform governments on the efficacy of policy measures on both people’s behavior, and on key health and quality of life outcomes.

        Source: International COVID-19 Awareness and Responses Evaluation Study

          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

            Making of No-Cost Face Masks at Home to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

            A 3-minute video has been uploaded on YouTube entitled “Making of No-Cost Face Masks at Home to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus”. It has been uploaded separately in 12 other major Indian languages thus enabling the free face mask message to be understood throughout rural and urban India, and have been designed specifically for poor and lower middle class households, including its illiterate members.

            These short videos demonstrate how these vulnerable families can easily make no-cost face masks/coverings at home, use them hygienically and observe related precautions. They can be used by all those working in government agencies, and NGOs in health, community and adult education/school programmes and any awareness-raising activities related to Covid-19.

            The list of the video in 12 major Indian languages is below.

            • John Kurrien (Contact Person)

            Let’s Bold Out Coronavirus

            This video compares fighting the coronavirus to a cricket match and challenges the public to fight against it.

            Source: Let’s Bold Out Coronavirus

              Wearing a Mask (Facebook post)

              This message, posted on Facebook, reads “When you go out of the house, you must wear a mask to protect yourself and others.”

                Translators without Borders Glossary for COVID-19

                Translators without Borders (TWB) is identifying key terminology that people use to talk about COVID-19 as well as commonly-used technical terms to develop a multilingual, plain-language glossary.

                The glossary is designed to assist field workers and interpreters engaging with communities to raise awareness about COVID-19. It aims to improve communication between responders and affected communities by providing accurate translations of useful terminology related to the disease outbreak. In the coming weeks, we will keep adding new terms and additional languages to make this glossary far more widely relevant.

                Source: Translators without Borders Glossary for COVID-19

                  Infographics about COVID-19 in Many Languages

                  These infographics were designed through a strategic process led by Harvard Medical Students, Harvard School of Public Health professionals and alumni as well as physicians.

                  The infographics designers are now partnering with the Cincinnati Health Department to make more specific infographics.

                  Source: Infographics about COVID-19 in Many Languages