COVID-19 Sensitive Interventions
Adapting existing humanitarian interventions to COVID-19 will be essential to reduce transmission of the virus and thus to contain and mitigate the pandemic. This category refers to interventions that are COVID-19-sensitive, as opposed to COVID-19-specific interventions that are listed in the first category, entitled Preparing for and Responding with COVID-19 specific intervention. The current category includes four sections: 1) Prioritization; 2) Human resources; 3) Essential health services; and 4) Other programmatic areas.
- Guidance: COVID-19 Sensitive Interventions - Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations in Humanitarian Situations Including Camps and Camp-Like Situations, IASC, March 2020
- Guidance: COVID-19 Sensitive Interventions - Financial Inclusion Short Guidance, UNHCR, April 2020
The continuity of health services when resources and space may be diverted to COVID-19 response are essential to reduce excess morbidity and mortality. Humanitarian actors must prioritize key activities and implement adaptations to ensure the delivery of essential health services. These services include, but are not limited to, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, communicable disease management, chronic disease management, injury and rehabilitation, and mental health.
COVID-19 Sensitive Interventions Essential Health Services guidance:
- COVID-19 Operational guidance for maintaining essential health services during an outbreak, WHO, March 25 2020
- Guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO, March 26 2020
- Principles of Health Systems Resilience in the Context of COVID-19 Response, UKAID DFID NIHR REDSC, April 24 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic goes well beyond public health. Existing humanitarian programs across multiple sectors need to be COVID-19-sensitive to reduce the risk of transmission. Humanitarian actors must examine all sectors, and adapt those that are prioritized to continue during the pandemic. These sectors include, but are not limited to, nutrition; food security, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and education.
- Guidance: COVID-19 Sensitive Interventions Other Programmatic Areas Remote Humanitarian Management And Programming HAG and CARE, May 01 2020