COVID-19 PSAs Zambia: COVID-19, HIV and Me

This is an animated video that takes an empowering look at how people living with HIV in Zambia can manage during COVID-19. Bwalya is a young woman living with HIV in Zambia, she has some key questions as to how she can protect herself from COVID-19. As she visits the clinic and her nurse, she shares what she’s learned.

Source: COVID-19 PSAs Zambia: COVID-19, HIV and Me

    Comprehensive Sexuality Education to Address Gender-based Violence

    The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked underlying inequities. Measures such as lockdown and physical distancing have confined many people to isolated, unsafe places that may increase risk of gender-based violence (GBV).

    f lockdowns or restricted movement continue for just a year, it is estimated there will be 61 million more cases of GBV than what would have already been expected In response to this increase, UN Women launched the Shadow Pandemic public awareness campaign in May, 2020.2 Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General has called for countries to include GBV prevention as a component of COVID-19 recovery plans.

    UN Women emphasises vital national responses to address violence against women and girls (VAWG) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and these responses could serve as useful entry points for comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) provision in the Arab region. VAWG regional responses include provision of shelters, telephone hotlines, and online counselling; strong messaging from law enforcement that violence against women and girls (VAWG) cases are high priority; and psychological support for women and girls, GBV survivors, and front-line health workers affected by both the COVID-19 and shadow pandemics.

    Source: Comprehensive Sexuality Education to Address Gender-based Violence

      Infographic: The Shadow Pandemic – Violence Against Women and Girls and COVID-19

      This infographic illustrates how, since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls (VAWG), and particularly domestic violence, has intensified.

      As stay-at-home orders expand to contain the spread of the virus, women with violent partners increasingly find themselves isolated from the people and resources that can help them. The surge in COVID-19 cases is straining even the most advanced and best-resourced health systems to the breaking point, including those at the front line in violence response. The infographic offers several actions to alleviate the situation.

      Source: Infographic: The Shadow Pandemic – Violence Against Women and Girls and COVID-19

        Designing COVID-19 Materials for Low Literate Settings

        This website offers tips and tools for creating COVID-19 materials for low-literate audiences.

        It provides examples of materials, offers a checklist for making sure that materials meet the criteria for low literate audiences, and offers an assessment of one’s own materials to check for reading level.

        Source: Designing COVID-19 Materials for Low Literate Settings

          More Than 117 Million Children at Risk of Missing Out on Measles Vaccines, as COVID-19 Surges

          WHO has reported that as COVID-19 continues to spread globally, over 117 million children in 37 countries may miss out on receiving life-saving measles vaccine. Measles immunization campaigns in 24 countries have already been delayed; more will be postponed.

          Source: More Than 117 Million Children at Risk of Missing Out on Measles Vaccines, as COVID-19 Surges

            Practical Guidance for Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) for Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Migrants, and Host Communities Particularly Vulnerable to COVID-19 Pandemic

            This practical guidance is designed to assist program specialists to implement COVID-19 RCCE activities for and with refugees, IDPs, migrants and host communities vulnerable to the pandemic.

            The guidance highlights key challenges and barriers faced by these people in accessing COVID19 health-related information and presents key considerations and recommendations
            for planning and implementing RCCE activities. The document can be adapted to countries’ specific context and aligned with national response plans for COVID-19 and national RCCE plans.

            Source: Practical Guidance for Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) for Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Migrants, and Host Communities Particularly Vulnerable to COVID-19 Pandemic

              Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19

              This page offers health workers as well as the general public answers to questions about violence against women in the context of COVID-19.

              The questions include:

              Source: Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19

                Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding and COVID-19

                This page offers answers to questions about breastfeeding issues and COVID-19.

                The questions include:

                Source: Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding and COVID-19

                  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
                  • mike.mcguffee@uniteforliteracy.com

                  Considerations for Schools

                  This site includes all of the CDC’s recommendations for re-opening of schools and how to handle in-school situations.

                  Source: Considerations for Schools