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

    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

    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

      Breakthrough ACTION Ethiopia COVID-19 Campaign

      Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) had prioritized  Ethiopia, among 13 African countries, as the most vulnerable countries for importation of COVID-19. A recent Lancet publication reiterated this by describing Ethiopia as a highly vulnerable country with substantially larger population potential exposed yet with moderate capacity to contain the spread of the infection.

      Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) is an essential component of health emergency readiness and response activities. The Ethiopia Public Health Institute (EPHI) has been proactively working on emergency readiness and response activities on COVID-19 since late January 2020. The Emergency Operation Center (EOC), housed in EPHI and usually activated during public health emergencies in the country, started its work by establishing a technical working group (TWG) on RCCE comprised of different stakeholders and health development partners.

      Breakthrough ACTION Ethiopia is working closely with EPHI on COVID-19. To date, efforts have included technical assistance, training, tool development, and risk communication materials design, and logistical support to EPHI. The scope also includes focused support to the RCCE TWG, coordination on preparedness and response activities among several implementing partners, and training for Ethiopian Airlines flight and ground crew, as well as urban health extension workers and religious leaders.

      Thus far, the project has produced the following materials:

      • PSAs for  Amhara, Central, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray:
        • Prevention methods
        • Misconceptions
        • Avoiding panic
        • Social distancing
        • Stigma

      Source (Amharic – Amhara, Central):

      Source (Oromo):

      Source (Amharic – SNNPR):

      Source: (Tigrigna):

      • Print materials for Amhara, Central, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray:
        • Brochures and posters for general population
        • Brochures for hotel staff
        • Posters for travelers (bus and train stations)
        • Stickers for inside buses and trains
        • Proper hand-washing stickers for washrooms
        • Hand-washing reminders

      Source (Amhara): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – Amhara

      Source (Central): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – Central

      Source (Oromia): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – Oromia

      Source (SNNPR): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – SNNPR

      Source (Tigray): Ethiopia COVID 19 Posters – Tigray