Advice on the Use of Masks for Children in the Community in the Context of COVID-19

This document provides guidance to decision makers, public and child health professionals to inform policy on the use of masks for children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not address the use of masks for adults working with children or parents/guardians or the use of masks for children in health-care settings. This interim guidance will be revised and updated as new evidence emerges.

This guidance provides specific considerations for the use of non-medical masks, also known as fabric masks, by children as a means for source control in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The document is an annex to the WHO’s Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-191 in which further details on fabric masks can be found. This annex also advises the use of medical masks for children under certain conditions. For the purposes of this guidance, children are defined as anyone below the age of 18 years.

Source: Advice on the Use of Masks for Children in the Community in the Context of COVID-19

    WHO Advice for Home-Based Care of COVID-19

    This page includes guidance for the public on home-based care practices for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have come in contact with others who have tested positive. It was originally published in March 2020 and then updated in August 2020.  This is the latest version.

    The updates include:

    • Considerations regarding the IPC requirements for the household to be suitable for caring for COVID-19 patients in the home
    • Clinical monitoring and treatment of COVID-19 patients at home
    • Waste management in the home setting in the context of COVID-19
    • An appendix on the effective implementation of home-care policies

    Source: WHO Advice for Home-Based Care of COVID-19

      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

        Updated Resources and Tools for Reopening Schools and Childcare Programs

        The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their guidelines for reopening of schools and childcare centers as of July 23, 2020.

        The resources and tools made available on that date support how to open schools safely by promoting behaviors that prevent spread, altering how a school and school day is structured, and outlining how to keep the school environment healthy through cleaning, proper ventilation, and other practices. The resources and tools also describe what to do to guard against someone who might be sick from infecting others and what to do if this occurs.

        The resources, available here, also provide students, school administrators, parents, guardians, or caregivers the information they need to guide their decision-making on attending in-person curriculum and how to adapt to local conditions.

        Source: Updated Resources and Tools for Reopening Schools and Childcare Programs

          Rapid Assessment: Remote Service Mapping Template

          The following template provides rough guidance on methodology and key areas of inquiry for GBV sub clusters and service providers to map and assess the availability of potential remote platforms for the delivery of some types of information and awareness, referrals and psychosocial support. This guidance is provided in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, which may cause rapid shifts in the GBV prevention and response services to remote approaches.

          Source: Rapid Assessment: Remote Service Mapping Template

            How to support survivors of gender-based violence when a GBV actor is not available in your area

            This document is a step-by-step guide for response actors on supporting GBV survivors with key messages and resources.

            The guide uses global standards on providing basic support and information to survivors of GBV without doing further harm. We encourage adaptation of this resource to your local context with the support of a GBV specialist and in a manner that maintains a survivor-centered approach.

            Source: How to support survivors of gender-based violence when a GBV actor is not available in your area

              A Guide to WHO’s Guidance on COVID-19

              Since January 2020, WHO has published more than 100 documents about COVID-19. Of these, more than half are detailed technical guidance, on how to find and test cases, how to provide safe and appropriate care for people depending on the severity of their illness, how to trace and quarantine contacts, how to prevent transmission from one person to another, how to protect health care workers, and how to help communities to respond appropriately.

              This page offers a summary of some of the documents WHO has developed for COVID-19 and how they can be used.

              Source: A Guide to WHO’s Guidance on COVID-19

                Ajustement à bases factuelles des mesures de santé publique et des mesures sociales

                Un rapport de lignes directrices provisoires pour les États membres de la région africaine de l’OMS concernant la santé publique et les mesures sociales pour prévenir la propagation des COVID-19.

                Source: Ajustement à bases factuelles des mesures de santé publique et des mesures sociales

                  Home-Based Care Reference Guide for COVID-19

                  This guide provides recommendations to nonprofits, Red Cross Red Crescent network and community organizations who are designing programs and materials in response to COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries.

                  The working group designed it as a supplemental tool for organizations working specifically with community health workers (CHWs) (including trained community health volunteers) as they are reaching households, however the content can be adapted for other purposes.

                  This guide focuses on three main areas: how to support a person whose condition warrants home care because of non-severe symptoms and home care is recommended by local jurisdictions; how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the home; and how to provide emotional support to family members. While this manual provides information on danger signs of COVID-19, it should not be used as a guide for when and how a person who has COVID-19 (or its symptoms) should seek medical care. All content adapted to different countries should reflect local policy guidelines and recommendations.

                  Source: Home-Based Care Reference Guide for COVID-19

                    COVID-19 Planning Guide for Adapting Risk Communication and Community Engagement as Public Health and Social Measures Shift: With Safety Tips for Conducting Community Meetings

                    This document includes key Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) considerations during shifting lockdown measures, safety measures for conducting in-person community meetings, and a template that brings both of these considerations together to help agencies adapt their RCCE approaches as these measures shift.

                    Appendices include key RCCE considerations for different community and humanitarian contexts, and free downloadable images and a flyer that can be used to promote safe community meetings.

                    All are invited to share either the live version or download a PDF version.

                    Source: COVID-19 Planning Guide for Adapting Risk Communication and Community Engagement as Public Health and Social Measures Shift: With Safety Tips for Conducting Community Meetings