British Medical Journal’s (BMJ) COVID-19 hub supports health professionals and researchers with practical guidance, online CPD courses, as well as the latest news, comment, and research from BMJ. The content is free and updated daily.
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?
This guidance tool, useful for both SBC professionals and the public, reviews important information one should consider before deciding to resume all, or some, of normal activities.
As communities and businesses are opening, people may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Of course, if one has COVID-19, has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. When one leaves home and begins to be around others depends on different factors for different situations.
In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Source: Deciding to Go Out
To combat what the World Health Organization has called an “infodemic” around COVID-19, BBC News Africa has launched a searchable library of fact-checks debunking popular myths and misinformation about coronavirus in Africa.
You can explore the top stories on this theme and also search the library of fact-checks.
This resource provides practitioners with key resources to support the integration of GBV risk mitigation into COVID-19 response. It will be frequently updated as the crisis unfolds.
Community health workers (CHWs) serve as a very important direct link between patients, communities and health services. As trusted on-the-ground support to community members, they therefore expand access to essential healthcare information as well as available treatment and prevention programmes.
This course book provides appropriate, cost-effective, and sustainable targeted learning for the large numbers of emerging community health workers in South Africa.
This online book includes these chapters:
- Introduction to COVID-19
- Diagnosing and managing COVID-19
- How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Protecting yourself from COVID-19
These chapters have been successfully used as part of the Skills to Care learning programme for the Lukhanji Municipality and Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, funded by the Small Projects Foundation.
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
This series of maps and charts tracks the global outbreak of the virus since it emerged in China in December of 2019. It is updated several times each day.
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