‘Protecting You, Protecting Us’ COVID-19 Campaign Materials, Guyana

Breakthrough ACTION Guyana’s ‘Protecting you, Protecting us’ COVID-19 campaign produced a set of materials to inform the public about protection from the virus and to bring to their attention other issues regarding COVID-19.

Source: ‘Protecting You, Protecting Us’ COVID-19 Campaign Materials, Guyana

    Infographics on Addressing COVID-19 Social Stigma and Discrimination

    These infographics from the World Health Organization address issues of social stigma and discrimination around COVID-19. These are part of a series of infographics from WHO which can be found on the same page.

    Source: Infographics on Addressing COVID-19 Social Stigma and Discrimination

      Tackling COVID-19 Fear and Stigma

      In Burkina Faso, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a variety of reactions among some Ouagadougou residents that have complicated efforts for a timely response. Hesitancy to get tested, avoiding contact tracers, or wariness of what the neighbors will say are some of these reactions.

      The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the government to provide guidance to tackle stigma as well as support other aspects of the COVID-19 response, which is further explained in this article.

      Source: Tackling COVID-19 Fear and Stigma

        Stigma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

        Stigma associated with COVID-19 poses a serious threat to the lives of healthcare workers, patients, and survivors of the disease.

        In May 2020, a community of advocates comprising of 13 medical and humanitarian organisations including, among others, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the the International Hospital Federation, and World Medical Association issued a declaration that condemned more than 200 incidents of COVID-19 related attacks on healthcare workers and health facilities during the ongoing pandemic.

        Source: Stigma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

          What Can You Do to Fight Stigma associated with COVID-19?

          Stigma can isolate people, prevent them from seeking medical care, and adopt healthy behaviors. This short video aims to learn more about how one can help to tackle stigma associated with COVID-19.

          Source: What Can You Do to Fight Stigma associated with COVID-19?

            Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders

            This Guide aims to help orient people supporting the COVID-19 response to integrate psychosocial support skills into their daily work, thereby making a difference to the well-being of people they come into contact with during the pandemic. More specifically, the Guide is intended for health and social workers; emergency responders; people working in food stores, public transport, funeral parlours and pharmacies; employers and managers; and people who are providing support to vulnerable family members or members of their community.

            The illustrated chapters provide practical advice for taking care of one’s own mental well-being, communicating with empathy, and helping people suffering from stress or severe distress. Case studies and tips to remember are included throughout.

            Source: Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders

            • Tyler Best
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            Social Media COVID-19 Anti-Stigma Cards

            This social media card was created to counter stigma and discrimination towards COVID-19 patients. This was shared through the Facebook Page of the Department of Health.

            Source: Social Media COVID-19 Anti-Stigma Cards

              Disrupting COVID-19 Stigma: Technical Brief

              This short guide includes important considerations and resources to support country programs in recognizing and working to reduce stigma around COVID-19.

              Source: Disrupting COVID-19 Stigma – Technical Brief

                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

                COVID-19 Key Tips and Discussion Points

                This guide was created to help community workers, volunteers and community networks to provide timely and actionable health information, so that people know how to protect themselves and stay healthy.

                It offers three steps:

                Step 1: How to Engage – Simple tips for interacting with communities
                Step 2: Ask the right questions – Key guidance for community discussions, including addressing stigma and xenophobia
                Step 3: What to say – Essential knowledge to share with communities and Frequently Asked Questions that can guide a discussion