COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition – What Does the Science Tell Us?

This resource tool is compiled by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and provides an overview of what peer-reviewed journal articles currently state on COVID-19, maternal and child health (including infants), and nutrition.

As the pandemic is ongoing more and more research results are published.

Source: COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition – What Does the Science Tell Us?

    Aligning best practices and addressing misinformation for optimal infant feeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

    This brief provides accurate information regarding breastfeeding and COVID-19 and addresses ways for protecting yourself from mis- or disinformation. This brief was published by the COVID-19 and Infant Feeding Working Group (CIF WG) and PATH.

    Source: Aligning best practices and addressing misinformation for optimal infant feeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Early Estimates of the COVID-19 Impact on Maternal and Child Health

    While the COVID-19 pandemic will increase mortality due to the virus, it is also likely to increase mortality indirectly. In this study, the authors estimate the additional maternal and under-5 child deaths resulting from the potential disruption of health systems and decreased access to food.

    The results of the study show that if routine health care is disrupted and access to food is decreased (as a result of unavoidable shocks, health system collapse, or intentional choices made in responding to the pandemic), the increase in child and maternal deaths will be devastating. The authors hope these numbers add context as policy makers establish guidelines and allocate resources in the days and months to come.

    Source: Early Estimates of the COVID-19 Impact on Maternal and Child Health

      Maternal, Newborn, and Reproductive Health and COVID-19: Adaptations, Successes, Challenges, and Next Steps. An Expert Consultation

      This report presents key findings and recommendations from a series of four discussion-based expert consultation workshops. These consultations—organized by the READY initiative and the Inter Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in crises (IAWG)—brought Maternal, Newborn, and Reproductive Health and infectious disease stakeholders together to review MNRH in the preparedness/outbreak response context and identify priorities for the ongoing pandemic.

      This report compiles and shares participants’ experiences and lessons learned, and identifies challenges and gaps in implementing humanitarian MNRH services in COVID-19 across the world. The recommendations developed from these consultations are intended to support MNRH services and actors to improve access and quality of care to vulnerable populations in future waves of COVID-19 and in future outbreaks.

      Source: Maternal, Newborn, and Reproductive Health and COVID-19: Adaptations, Successes, Challenges, and Next Steps. An Expert Consultation

        Communication Tools in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond which Can Optimise Professional Practice and Patient Care

        Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the World Health Organization made a number of recommendations regarding the utilisation of healthcare services. In general, there has been a reduction in elective healthcare services including outpatient clinics, diagnostic services and elective surgery.

        Inevitably these reductions for all but the most urgent clinical work will have a detrimental impact on patients, and alternative ways of working including the use of telemedicine may help to mitigate this. Similarly, electronic solutions may enable clinicians to maintain inter and intra-professional working in both clinical and academic settings. Implementation of electronic solutions to minimise direct patient contact will be new to many clinicians, and the sheer number of software solutions available and varying functionality may be overwhelming to anyone unfamiliar with ‘virtual communication’.

        In this article, we will aim to summarise the variety of electronic communication platforms and tools available for clinicians and patients, detailing their utility, pros and cons, and some ‘tips and tricks’ from our experience through our work as an international research collaborative.

        Source: Communication Tools in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond which Can Optimise Professional Practice and Patient Care

          New WHO Campaign to Help COVID-era Quitters Kick the Habit

          The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, announced the start of a year-long global campaign to help people quit tobacco, with millions citing the threat of COVID-19 as a new incentive to give up the habit.

          Source: New WHO Campaign to Help COVID-era Quitters Kick the Habit

            COVID-19 and Breastfeeding Mothers

            This tweet from Jhpiego quotes the World Health Organization’s recommendations for pregnant women and breastfeeding women during the time of COVID-19.

            The recommendations include receiving routine care, breastfeeding counseling, and practicing good hygiene routines.

            Source: COVID-19 and Breastfeeding Mothers

              Infographics on COVID-19 and Immunization

              These infographics from the World Health Organization address the importance of continuing to obtain regular immunizations during the time of COVID-19. These are part of a series of infographics from WHO which can be found on the same page.

              Source: Infographics on COVID-19 and Immunization

                Conseils sur le Changement Social et de Comportement Pour la Nutrition Pendant le COVID-19

                Ce petit guide comprend des considérations, des messages et des ressources importants pour aider les programmes nationaux à adapter la programmation SBC autour de la nutrition en réponse aux défis présentés par COVID-19.

                Source: Conseils sur le Changement Social et de Comportement Pour la Nutrition Pendant le COVID-19

                  Guía Para el Cambio Social y de Conducta en la Alimentación Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19

                  Esta breve guía incluye importantes consideraciones, mensajes y recursos para apoyar a los programas de país en la adaptación de la programación de la CSC sobre la nutrición en respuesta a los desafíos presentados por COVID-19.

                  Fuente: Guía Para el Cambio Social y de Conducta en la Alimentación Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19