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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
- Home is not a safe place for me. What can I do?
- I need medical attention because of violence. Who can help me and where should I go?
- I am safe, but I am suffering from mental / sexual / social / long-term physical health problems because of violence. Is there anyone who can help me during COVID-19?
- I am worried about someone I know. How can I help?
- I want to report an incidence of violence during COVID-19. What should I do?
- I have harmed or am worried about harming or hurting my partner (and children) with my words or actions. How can I stop?
- I am a health worker. How can I help women survivors of violence during COVID-19?
- I run a health facility. What can I do to support women survivors of violence during COVID-19?
- I am a policy maker. What can I do to prevent and address violence against women during COVID-19?
- Has violence against women increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic?
- How does COVID-19 increase risks of violence for women?
- Who is most vulnerable?
- Why should I care about violence against women during COVID-19?
This page offers answers to questions about breastfeeding issues and COVID-19.
The questions include:
- Can COVID-19 be passed through breastfeeding?
- In communities where COVID-19 is prevalent, should mothers breastfeed?
- Following delivery, should a baby still be immediately placed skin-to-skin and breastfed if the mother is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19?
- Can women with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 breastfeed?
- If a mother confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 does not have a medical face mask should she still breastfeed?
- I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and am too unwell to breastfeed my baby directly. What can I do?
- I had confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and was unable to breastfeed, when can I start to breastfeed again?
- I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, is it safer to give my baby infant formula milk?
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
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
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