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COVID Behaviors Dashboard: Updated Data Show Omicron Trends

Global Omicron cases have exploded since the COVID-19 variant was first reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. The most recent data from the COVID Behaviors Dashboard reflects that trend: the highest percentage of respondents in multiple countries are reporting positive test results since the dashboard went live in May of 2021.

  • Reported positivity rates have jumped at least 10 percentage points in South Africa, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, and many other countries in the past month.
  • In the November 16-30 data collection period for South Africa, 7% of tests were positive. In the most recent December period, that number rose to 37%, more than a four-fold increase.

Other insights from the latest data collection period (Dec 16-31):

  • 20% of unvaccinated health workers in Japan are now reporting that they will definitely get vaccinated, up from only 3% in early December
  • 90% of South African respondents reported that they have worn a mask all or most of the time, but only 70% believe that all or most other people are wearing masks
  • Respondents in Nigeria have consistently reported a lack of vaccine appointments as the top barrier to vaccination (32% indicating)

Source: COVID Behaviors Dashboard: Updated Data Show Omicron Trends

    USAID’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Burkina Faso – Issue 3 / USAID dans la riposte face à la COVID-19 au Burkina Faso

    This is the third issue of the USAID’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Burkina Faso newsletter (October 2020). The newsletter contains information on how USAID and its implementing partners are helping to strengthen Burkina Faso’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance is provided through many activities that support the different thematic committees established:

    • Diagnosis/laboratory
    • Infection prevention and control
    • Surveillance
    • Coordination
    • Risk communication and community engagement
    • Case management
    • Logistics

    Source: USAID’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Burkina Faso – Issue 3 / USAID dans la riposte face à la COVID-19 au Burkina Faso

    • Lydie Ky
    • lky@savechildren.org

    USAID’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Burkina Faso – Issue 2 / USAID dans la riposte face à la COVID-19 au Burkina Faso

    This is the second issue of the USAID’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Burkina Faso newsletter (October 2020). The newsletter contains information on how USAID and its implementing partners are helping to strengthen Burkina Faso’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This assistance is provided through many activities that support the different thematic committees established:

    • Diagnosis/laboratory
    • Infection prevention and control
    • Surveillance
    • Coordination
    • Risk communication and community engagement
    • Case management
    • Logistics

    Source: USAID’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Burkina Faso – Issue 2 / USAID dans la riposte face à la COVID-19 au Burkina Faso

    • Lydie Ky
    • lky@savechildren.org

    Research brief: Barriers to COVID-19 prevention behaviors in Côte d’Ivoire

    This research brief, available in both English and French, summarizes the results of a qualitative study examining barriers to a range of COVID-19 prevention behaviors early on in the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2020.

    The study included individual interviews (IDIs) with COVID-19 survivors, individuals who lost a family member to the disease, and health workers. Focus group discussions (FGDs) were also conducted with members of the general population to explore social norms and community perceptions related to COVID-19.

    Source: Research brief: Barriers to COVID-19 prevention behaviors in Côte d’Ivoire

    Get the Facts Get the Vax Testimonials

    This is a series of testimonials, in English and Spanish, encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They are part of Johns Hopkins University’s initiative to encourage JHU employees and members of the Baltimore community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Source: Get the Facts Get the Vax Testimonials

      Entertainment-Education Campaigns and COVID-19: How Three Global Organizations Adapted the Health Communication Strategy for Pandemic Response and Takeaways for the Future

      COVID-19 created a substantial set of challenges for health communication practitioners in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating entertainment-education (EE) campaigns. EE is a theory and evidence-based communication strategy that employs entertainment media for educational messaging. Here, we briefly review EE campaigns in response to previous health emergencies and present three cases of EE responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from leading global organizations.

      Source: Entertainment-Education Campaigns and COVID-19: How Three Global Organizations Adapted the Health Communication Strategy for Pandemic Response and Takeaways for the Future

        #MakeCOVIDWorth Campaign in Indonesia on Instagram

        This is a COVID-19 prevention campaign in Indonesia in which people can purchase masks to donate to local charities.

        Source: #MakeCOVIDWorth Campaign in Indonesia on Instagram

          Journalistic routines as factors promoting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Pakistan

          COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has reportedly been rising in polio-stricken Pakistan. Prior research reports a variety of contributing factors including information sources, particularly the newspapers readers generally consult to stay abreast of vaccine roll-out developments. This viewpoint article argues that three commonly practised journalistic routines – as explicated by Tandoc and Duffy – are promoting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Urdu-language newspaper readers in Pakistan.

          Source: Journalistic routines as factors promoting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Pakistan

            Save the Children Ethiopia COVID campaign (Twitter)

            Save the Children Ethiopia country office; under its media campaign work with UNICEF, had produced nine additional television spots with Fana Broadcasting Corporate. Here’s a video on how to minimize stress and apply positive parenting.

            Source: Save the Children Ethiopia COVID campaign (Twitter)