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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

    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-Ready Communication Playbook for Health Professionals

      The team at VitalTalk crowdsourced this playbook to provide some practical advice to health care professionals on how to talk to their patients about some difficult topics related to COVID-19.

      Building on their experience studying and teaching communication they’ve drawn on their networks to crowdsource the challenges and match them with advice from some of the best clinicians they know.

      Source: COVID-Ready Communication Playbook for Health Professionals

        Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19

        This page offers health workers as well as the general public answers to questions about violence against women in the context of COVID-19.

        The questions include:

        Source: Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19

          Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding and COVID-19

          This page offers answers to questions about breastfeeding issues and COVID-19.

          The questions include:

          Source: Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding and COVID-19

            Unite Healthy Families: COVID-19

            Unite Healthy Families: COVID-19 is a collection of free digital guides designed to support families with limited English proficiency.  The guides feature:

            • Simplified text written in English and Spanish based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization guidelines;
            • Narrations in 20+ languages by native-language speakers, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Russian, Arabic, French Creole, Portuguese, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Polish, Japanese, Italian, German, Farsi, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu;
            • Culturally responsive messages and diverse images that offer familiarity and enhance understanding of the text.

            Source: Unite Healthy Families: COVID-19

            • Michael McGuffee
            • mike.mcguffee@uniteforliteracy.com

            Framework for Reopening Schools

            These guidelines aim to inform the decision-making process regarding school reopening, support national preparations and guide the implementation process, as part of overall public health and education planning processes. It is designed to be a flexible tool that can be adapted to each context and updated as the situation changes. The guidelines outline six key priorities to assess the readiness of those schools and inform planning.

            Source: Framework for Reopening Schools

              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

                Considerations and Principles for Shielding People at High Risk of Severe Outcomes from COVID-19

                This brief considers the rationale for shielding individuals at high risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries.

                It provides an overview of proposed approaches to shielding, discusses the categories of individuals who may be identified for shielding, and outlines the likely difficulties of these measures and ways to mitigate them. It is noted that the authors are not aware of any precedent for targeted shielding of specific groups in low- and middle-income countries during this or any other outbreak. As such, shielding as an approach is untested.

                The authors attempt to provide considerations regarding the feasibility and challenges of this approach, particularly in low- and middle-income settings. Decisions on shielding, they write, will need to pay particular attention to the local socio-economic context, be made in collaboration with local actors, and be continually adapted in light of emerging evidence about the approach’s effectiveness, the characteristics of the COVID-19 and the trajectories of the outbreaks.

                Source: Considerations and Principles for Shielding People at High Risk of Severe Outcomes from COVID-19

                  COVID-19 Online Training

                  The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a series of courses and exercises to help educate the general public about the novel coronavirus.

                  Source: COVID-19 Online Training