Community-based Health Care, including Outreach and Campaigns,in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging health systems across the world. Rapidly increasing demand for care of people with COVID-19 is compounded by fear, misinformation and limitations on the movement of people and supplies that disrupt the delivery of frontline health care for all people. When health systems are overwhelmed and people fail to access needed services, both direct mortality and indirect mortality from preventable and treatable conditions increase (1-3). Decision-makers will need to make difficult choices to ensure that COVID-19 and other urgent, ongoing public health problems are addressed while minimizing risks to health workers and communities.
Existing delivery approaches will need to be adapted as the risk−benefit analysis for any given activity changes in the context of a pandemic.
This guidance addresses the specific role of community-based health care (see Box 1) in the pandemic context and outlines the adaptations needed to keep people safe, maintain continuity of essential services and ensure an effective response to COVID-19. It is intended for decision-makers and managers at the national and subnational levels and complements a range of other guidance, including that on priority public health interventions, facility-based care, and risk communication and community engagement in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic
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- Tips for Engaging Communities during COVID-19 in Low-Resource Settings, Remotely and In-Person
- Preventing Violence Against Women During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- ETC Guidance on the Provision of Digital Communication Technologies in COVID-19 operations
- Malaria Social and Behaviour Change Program Guidance in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19: Resources to Address Gender-based Violence Risks
- Gender-based Violence Prevention, Risk Mitigation and Response during COVID-19
- How to Support Displaced Populations' Mental Health during Lockdown
September 30, 2021