Covid-19

Briefings on PHSM Implementation in Africa

Rendering of the 2019-nCoV virion. Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/REUTERS

Public Health and Social Measures Implementation in Africa, June 30–July 15

In light of recent media reports of increased food insecurity due to COVID-19, this report includes an in-depth spotlight on COVID-19’s impact on food security across Africa (where data is available). In many cases, countries struggled with food security prior to the pandemic and COVID-19 has only made an ongoing crisis worse. As governments weigh loosening, adapting or tightening PHSMs, our analysis aims to highlight how these measures are affecting access to food.

Public Health and Social Measures Implementation in Africa, June 16–29

This report aims to inform decision-making about the implementation of public health and social measures (PHSMs) on the African continent by synthesizing data from multiple sources to identify key trends. These trends are linked to operational recommendations that can support national-level responses.

Public Health and Social Measures Implementation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 8–22

This report compiles and synthesizes data on COVID-19 trends in DRC from multiple sources for the period of June 8-June 22, 2020. Data include official reports of cases and deaths, reports of government response measures, analysis of traditional and social media narratives, and reported security incidents.

PHSM Implementation in Africa, June 2–15

Report that compiles and synthesizes data on COVID-19 trends in Africa from multiple sources for the week of May 28-June 3, 2020. Data include official reports of cases and deaths, reports of government response measures, analysis of traditional and social media narratives, mobility data, and reported security incidents.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Africa – English Subtitles

COVID-19 in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic will evolve differently in African countries than other parts of the world, as there are factors unique to the population and the environment which will likely affect disease transmission and severity. Fortunately, the epidemic has not grown exponentially in Africa.

Using Public Health and Social Measures to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission

This briefing note outlines public health and social measures (PHSMs) used to slow the spread of COVID-19 and recommends five essential considerations for using them effectively: adaptation for local contexts, especially low- and middle-income countries; using evidence-based triggers to start and stop implementation; effective risk communication with affected communities; respect for human rights and dignity; and preparing to safely remove PHSMs by building public health capacity.

Implementing Public Health and Social Measures

This briefing note outlines how public health and social measures (PHSMs) can be used to slow the spread of COVID-19 and recommends using evidence-based triggers to start and stop implementing PHSMs. Using public health, social science and economic data can can improve adherence, limit negative impacts and improve health outcomes.

Using Communication to Support Implementation of Public Health and Social Measures

This briefing note outlines key considerations for a risk communication and community engagement strategy that supports effective implementation of public health and social measures for COVID-19.

Legal and Ethical Considerations for Public Health and Social Measures

This briefing note outlines the legal and ethical considerations that must be taken into account before and during implementation of public health and social measures (PHSMs). This document helps public health authorities implement PHSMs in a legal and ethical manner to improve results and avoid unintended consequences.

Adapting Public Health and Social Measures for Resource-Constrained Settings

This briefing note outlines practical guidance for adapting public health and social measures (PHSMs) to local contexts in resource-constrained settings, with a focus on maintaining public health benefits while reducing negative social and economic impacts.

COVID-19 testing prioritization in the United States

This briefing note outlines the groups that should be prioritized when there are testing constraints.

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