COVID-19 Digital Classroom Courses

The COVID-19 course series is part of the COVID-19 Digital Classroom initiative. These courses are primarily designed for community-based health workers who practice in low- and middle-income countries. It covers a range of topics on COVID-19, including basic information on the virus and how to mitigate its public health effects. The course is designed to synthesize the most important, high-level information on COVID-19 from a variety of well-respected resources in a practical way. Many of the resources are cited for your reference and include documents and guidelines from the World Health Organization, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the UN, and many other reliable sources. While community-based health workers are the primary audience for this course series, the topics covered are relevant for everyone involved in responding to this pandemic worldwide.

It is important to note that while these courses provide a generalized overview of COVID-19 and information on how to contain the spread of the disease, they cannot account for everything, especially as we are still learning day-to-day about the virus and its impact on our health and society. Therefore, please use this course as a guide, and continue to familiarize yourself with your context, including your country’s public health guidelines, in order to best customize the content we cover here for you and your community’s specific needs.

Source: COVID-19 Digital Classroom Courses

  • David Imbago
  • dimbago@coregroup.org

COVID-19 Communication Materials

This is a variety of COVID-19 communications materials developed by the Pan American Health Organization, comprising videos, animations and social media cards. The materials cover a range of topics including helping children deal with stress, domestic violence & COVID-19, physical distancing, mask wearing, etc.

Source: COVID-19 Communication Materials

  • Daniel Epstein
  • epsteind@paho.org

Sierra Leone COVID-19 Big Idea of the Week Campaign

The Big Idea of the Week delves deeper into a specific COVID-related topic. Each week, Big Idea tackles a specific area of COVID-19 and provides important information, guidelines, and messages for the public.

Breakthrough ACTION, led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) National COVID-19 Emergency Response Center (NACOVERC), creates these messages. They are disseminated on the Ministry website and via the Ministry of Information and Communication’s Facebook page.

Source: Sierra Leone COVID-19 Big Idea of the Week Campaign

    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 IEC Bureau Government of Maharashtra India

      This is a collection of resources created by the government of the Indian state of Maharashtra, IEC Bureau and UNICEF to communicate information about COVID-19. These resources include media files, newspaper ads, posters, and videos in Hindi which cover a wide range of topics related to COVID-19.

      Source: COVID-19 IEC Bureau Government of Maharashtra India

        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

          Coronavirus Message for Communities

          This short video can be used in many communities.  It answers the questions: How does coronavirus (COVID-19) spread? What are the symptoms? Who is at risk? How can you protect yourself and your family?

          Source: Coronavirus Message for Communities

            Nigeria Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Resource Center

            This website offers publications and materials for the public emanating from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

            The site includes posters and infographics, audio files, and videos, all created to increase public awareness about COVID-19 signs, symptoms, testing, and prevention.

            Source: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Resource Center

              COVID-19: Simple Answers to Top Questions Risk Communication Field Guide Questions and Key Messages

              This document, intended for SBC practitioners, is the fifth edition of COVID-19: Simple Answers to Top Questions. It is an updated version of the original document published on March 10, 2020. With the rapid evolution of knowledge and policy regarding COVID-19, future revisions will be produced on an ongoing basis.

              The document is based on message maps and follows the belief that state health officials need both short and long answers. Messages are presented initially in no more than 3-5 short sentences and convey 3-5 key messages, ideally in the least number of words possible.

              The approach is based on surveys showing that lead or front-page media and broadcast stories usually convey only the soundbite: 3-5 messages usually in less than 9 seconds for broadcast media or 27 words for print. Each primary message normally has 3 to 5 supporting messages that can be used when and where appropriate to provide context for the issue being mapped. A brief description of the message mapping strategy is in the Appendices. In the following pages, you will find 60+ top questions about COVID-19 answered with detailed message maps.

              Source: COVID-19: Simple Answers to Top Questions Risk Communication Field Guide Questions and Key Messages

                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