Protecting our co-workers during COVID-19: A Social Security Protocol for Civil Society

There is a responsibility to act decisively to protect co-workers and employess from adverse health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This six-point protocol, based on the ILO’s policy framework to fight COVID-19, provides a shared template for civil society groups to deliberate context-specific measures and adopt feasible actions in a time-bound and transparent manner. https://www.civicus.org/index.php/media-resources/news/4367-protecting-our-co-workers-during-covid-19-a-social-security-protocol-for-civil-society

Guidelines for Child Care Institutions under the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2015 in the Context of COVID-19

A compilation of guidelines and tools for Child Care Institutions. It includes resources such as ‘checklist for person in charge of child care institutions (CCI)s’, ‘preventive measures for CCIs’, ‘core measures under JJ Act 20015’, protocols from staff and visitors, child welfare, and more. It has been compiled for organisations and institutions working in child care. https://drive.google.com/file/d/18VRpoSmpB_pFx2nWg-BbbtlrY3lVpYW4/view?usp=sharing Compiled by Enfold […]

SOP for prevention and management of Covid-19 in child care institutions

This handbook developed by Udayan Care, is a standard operating procedure for child care institutions. It contains general information about Covid including spread of infection, symptoms, handwashing, what to do if you are showing signs, and self-isolation. This handbook also provides information on coordinating with concerned duty bearers by Home in-charge, taking the person to doctor by care providers, Covid […]

Guidelines for Hygiene and Sanitation in Densely Populated Areas, During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This handbook provides an outline of some guidelines which states/local bodies and communities can adopt, to contain the spread of COVID-19, especially in densely populated areas. These guidelines are created specifically for areas where toilets, washing or bathing facilities are shared. The powerpoint gives information on preventive measures, face covers, sanitation options, installing hand wash stations, toilet use, disinfectants, and […]

Strengthening the Health Systems Response to COVID-19: Technical working guidance #1

This resource is one of a suite of technical guidance papers by WHO. It provides practical information and resources for decision-makers on measures to strengthen the health system response to COVID-19. The focus of this guidance is on maintaining the delivery of essential health care services across the continuum of care while freeing up resources for the COVID-19 response, including […]

Strengthening the Health Systems Response to COVID-19: Technical working guidance #1

This resource is one of a suite of technical guidance papers by WHO. It provides practical information and resources for decision-makers on measures to strengthen the health system response to COVID-19. The focus of this guidance is on maintaining the delivery of essential health care services across the continuum of care while freeing up resources for the COVID-19 response, including […]

Fever Clinic Protocol

As the COVID-19 case count rises, the need for setting up fever clinics will continue to rise. In response to this need, the COVID Action Collaborative has developed a protocol for identifying suspected COVID-19 patients, categorising patients based on risk, and setting up a fever clinic. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1md7wFPP-7J2ft0zJmHrhZ67HFYkcRaZp

Health Workforce Precautionary

Members of the health workforce are essential to our society always and especially at this time. Their health and safety is of the utmost importance. In order to promote the safety and preparedness of the health workforce, the COVID Action Collaborative has developed guidelines for the health workforce to follow in order to protect themselves from COVID-19 while effectively treating […]

Precautions for the Elderly and their Caregivers

The elderly are one of the most vulnerable groups in the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that the elderly, their loved ones and their caregivers and adequately prepared to address this threat. In response, the COVID Action Collaborative has developed a document that outlines guidelines and strategies for the elderly and their caregivers to follow in order to prevent transmission […]

Self and Family Care for COVID-19

Prevention for and care of COVID-19 starts at home. As the COVID-19 case count rises, more households must be prepared to take steps to prevent COVID-19, recognise its symptoms, and care for and isolate oneself or one’s family members from the illness. The COVID Action Collaborative has developed home guidelines for families to follow to prevent COVID-19 and to care […]

COVID-19 Prevention and Management for Resident Welfare Associations

Resident welfare associations have an important role to play in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the risk of COVID-19 spreading across residential communities and societies increases, it is important that resident welfare associations are equipped to help respond to this risk. The COVID Action Collaborative has developed guidelines that can be used by resident welfare associations to prepare […]

Tool for COVID-19 Response Action in Apparel and Textile Supply Chain

COVID-19 has caused widespread health and economic vulnerability across supply chains. In response to this challenge, the COVID Action Collaborative has devised a tool identifying strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission throughout the textile and industrial supply chains. This tool is pertinent for staff and leadership working in this sector in order to ensure they are able to devise safe and […]

GoI Telemedicine Guidelines

Developed by the Medical Council of India together with NITI Aayog, the official Telemedicine Guidelines aim to provide clear guidance to Registered Medical Practitioners on the appropriate and ethical use of telemedicine to increase people’s access to timely healthcare.  https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Telemedicine.pdf    

Psychosocial issues among migrants during COVID-19

India has about 120 million migrant labourers, according to the labour rights group Aajiveeka. From losing income to leaving for home in a rush to facing police brutality, these workers are facing various perils. The document contextualises the increased vulnarability of migrant workers to various social, psychological and emotional traumas, due to their inability to go back to their home […]

The epidemiology and pathogenesis of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

One of the most cited introductions to SARS-COV-2 and the COVID-19 disease, this article gives an overview of its symptoms, incubation periods, phylogenetic analysis, transmission, and treatment. While much more is now known about these areas since the disease’s progression into a pandemic and the consequent explosion of research on the subject, this provides a clear and coherent overview of […]

Protecting our co-workers during COVID-19: A Social Security Protocol for Civil Society

This is a six-point protocol by Civicus, which provides recommendations on how co-workers can be protected from adverse health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a shared template for civil society groups to deliberate context-specific measures and adopt feasible actions in a time-bound and transparent manner. https://www.civicus.org/index.php/media-resources/news/4367-protecting-our-co-workers-during-covid-19-a-social-security-protocol-for-civil-society

Guidelines for Individuals Involved in Door Delivery of items

Panic buying has led to a rise in orders for grocery firms. But delivery agents are facing high level risks, from higher chances of contracting infection to working long hours. This document disseminates safety guidelines for delivery agents in the light of the pandemic. https://stopcorona.tn.gov.in/health-advisory/?_gallery=gg-5-299 The guideline lists do’s and don’t’s for the delivery agents and the organisations they are […]

Advisory for Quarantine of Migrant Workers

An advisory by MoHFW on migrants susceptibility to COVID-19 infection, specifically due to mass movement of the population their work cities to their home towns. The advisory focuses on increased state responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease amongst the migrant population. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Advisoryforquarantineofmigrantworkers.pdf The document lists protocols of quarantining the migrants based on where they are located.    

Comprehensive disability inclusive guidelines to States/UTs for protection and safety of persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) in light of COVID-19

Released by the Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), these guidelines to state and district officials aim to ensure the safety of persons with disabilities during the pandemic. The release is also available in Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Odia, Bengali, Hindi and Marathi. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1608495

Advisory for Quarantine of Migrant Workers

This is an advisory from the Ministry of Home Affairs is in light of the recent large-scale movement of migrant labourers from cities to their place of origin. The advisory is for health officials and administrators on how to manage exposure to COVID-19 through surveillance and quarantine of workers who have stayed back, are in transit or have reached their […]

Clinical management of COVID-19 patients – A guide for clinicians

The guidelines, developed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, provide a quick reference for clinicians managing COVID-19 patients. The guidelines are for clinicians taking care of hospitalised adults and paediatric patients of COVID–19. It not only includes guidance on infection prevention control but also provides a reference for optimizing supportive care for patients. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/RevisedNationalClinicalManagementGuidelineforCOVID1931032020.pdf mage by CDC on […]

Essential technical features for ventilators for COVID-19

A guide developed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the parameters of ventilator usage for COVID-19 patients. These guidelines are for both users and manufacturers. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/EssentialTechfeaturesforVentilators.pdf Image by Robina Weermeijer.

How to disinfect your office – A Guide

Guidelines developed by the MInistry of Health and Familywelfare for office management post lockdown. It provides detailed instructions on how to clean and disinfect indoor and outdoor areas in offices, and how to ensure the support staff is not exposed. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesondisinfectionofcommonpublicplacesincludingoffices.pdf Image by Anna Shvets on Pexels.

How to quarantine yourself or your loved ones at home – A guide

Home quarantine of people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 is one of the most widely prescribed infection control measure. The Ministry of Health and Family issued this advisory on 11 March 2020 to guide people about quarantining at home. It provides useful steps for the person who may have been infected and family members. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforhomequarantine.pdf Image by Cottonbro […]

Standard operating procedures for ambulance drivers and technicians on transporting a COVID-19 patient

Standard Operating Procedures developed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, for drivers and technicians in ambulances who transport both suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/StandardOperatingProcedureSOPfortransportingasuspectorconfirmedcaseofCOVID19.pdf Image by Marcelo Leal.

Notifying COVID-19 cases to District Surveillance Units – A Guide

Guidelines developed by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for health facilties to notify COVID-19 cases to district surveillance units. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/GuidelinesfornotifyingCOVID-19affectedpersonsbyPrivateInstitutions.pdf Image by Zhen Hu on Unsplash.    

How to handle, treat, and dispose of waste generated by health facilities dealing with COVID-19 patients

Ministry of Environment and Forests issued guidelines for handling waste generated during the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The guidelines specify the roles and responsibilities of persons working in health facilities, home-care givers, municipal sanitation workers and staff of biomedical treatment centres. https://ncdc.gov.in/WriteReadData/l892s/63948609501585568987.pdf Image by Anna Shvets on Pexels.

FOGSI Good Clinical Practice Recommendation: Pregnancy with COVID-19 Infection

Not much is currently known about the effects of Covid-19 on pregnancy, but based on early studies it is recommended for pregnant women to take extra preventive measures. This Good Clinical Practice Recommendation by The Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) guides health workers on how to manage reproductive and maternal health during this epidemic, including preventive […]

How to discharge a COVID-19 patient – A Guide

Detailed guidelines developed by the National Centre for Disease Control, for medical personnel to discharge COVID-19 patients. This document includes case classification instructions, detailed decision tree, and follow-up actions for discharging patients. https://ncdc.gov.in/WriteReadData/l892s/23914145951584779119.pdf Image by Edward Jenner.

Setting up Isolation Wards – A Guide

These guidelines, developed by the National Centre for Disease Control, stipulates how to set up isolation wards in state and district hospitals, as well as secondary treatment facilities. It covers physical parameters, safety equipment, patient-care equipment, visitor management, use of personal protective equipment and transport of patients. A comprehensive checklist is also provided. https://ncdc.gov.in/WriteReadData/l892s/42417646181584529159.pdf Image by Anna Shvets on Pexels.

How to disinfect quarantine facilities – Guidelines

Instructions for all quarantine facilities on how to manage disinfection. Quarantine premises are contaminated by the virus as it has the capability to survive on surfaces for several days. This instructional guidelines focuses on the types of products that can be used for disinfecting facilities, how to use them and how effective they are. The guidelines have been adapted from […]

Guidelines for effectively preparing health facilities for the COVID-19 outbreak (screening centres, isolation wards, critical care and mortuaries)

Guidelines for setting up COVID-19 screening centres, isolation wards and critical care centres. The Centre stipulates that all hospitals identified to screen and admit patients with COVID-19 should conform to these guidelines. The guidelines cover pre-hospital care, screening centres, isolation wards, critical care and mortuaries. https://ncdc.gov.in/WriteReadData/l892s/55422471421580628860.pdf Image by Pixabay on Pexels

Guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Specifications developed by the DGHS, for Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers. These standards were developed for medical professionals and healthcare workers who come into direct contact with highly contagious patients. The guidelines cover wearable equipment, as well as environmental and departmental management. https://ncdc.gov.in/WriteReadData/l892s/80596374881582009295.pdf Image by Anna Shvets from Pexels

Guidelines for COVID-19 Quarantine facilities

Guidelines developed by National Centre for Disease Control, for facilities being used to quarantine COVID-19 patients. The scope of this document is to cover the procedures required for: Physical infrastructure/Functional Services requirement at quarantine facilities Procedure for medical monitoring of contacts, reporting formats Protocol for referrals of suspects/ Symptomatics and isolation of symptomatics if required temporarily Infection control practices by […]

Building Capacity of Trained Volunteers – IFRC Community Epidemic Response Volunteer Toolkit

Particularly in low-resource settings where the health workforce is short-staffed, trained volunteers and community activists can play a key role in community education, surveillance and triage. This toolkit developed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) can be used to bulid capacity and support efforts of frontline workers to both support the COVID-19 response as […]

How to effectively counsel and triage – Protocols for helpline personnel

Protocol for counselling and triaging to be followed by COVID-19 helpline personnel. This resource allows the counsellor to understand and facilitate routine primary health care access, understand and explain risk factors, triage possible cases of Covid-19 sensitively, and share key precautions and health messages. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NvysSYTvww0_pZdUcaPbLAI4ZQLeNxmv?usp=sharing Image by Miryam Leon on Unsplash.

Covid-19 Disability Information

A compilation of guidelines and resources by Disability Insider, on integrating disability into the Covid-19 response, listed by country, to support country and organisational response to be more inclusive. These resources are primarily intended for administrators, medical professionals and frontline workers. COVID 19 Disability Information Photo: AFP

Guidelines for the Use of Information Materials for General Health Facilities and Designated Hospitals

A consolidated guide to all the IEC material developed by MoHFW for general health facilities as well as hospitals. The guide ranges from how to use a hand sanitizer/ hand rub to how to communicate with suspected or confirmed cases. It has instructions on who is the primary audience for each material as well as where to place it. All […]

Recommendations for a disability-inclusive Covid-19 response

Disaster response plans need to incorporate a disability lens at every level in order to effectively include people with disabilities: whether in research, communication, institutional preparedness, logistics and supply chain, finance and community outreach. This document, published by International Disability Alliance, provides systems-level guidance for a disability-sensitive response and is useful for planners and administrators. http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/sites/default/files/ida_recommendations_for_disability-inclusive_covid19_response_final.pdf Photo by Flikr.

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

This guidance from the WHO identifies key messages around mental health and psychosocial care for different population groups, including those who are isolated, those at higher risk and their caregivers, parents, health workers and managers, as well as the general population. This guidance can be used by health and communications professionals to guide their interactions and train others during the […]

Guidelines on rational use of Personal Protective Equipment

This guideline from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, is for health care workers and others working in points of entries (POEs), quarantine centers, hospital, laboratory and primary health care / community settings. The guideline uses setting-based approach to recommend the type of personal protective equipment to be used in different settings and for different categories […]

Guidelines for Setting Up Community Based Quarantine Facility in Rural Areas

In a disease outbreak, rural areas are often particularly susceptible, in part due to more limited access to healthcare resources and professionals. Home quarantines, a basic preventive measure, may not be feasible for many people due to lack of space or presence of high-risk individuals in the home. These guidelines explain the process and requirements for establishing community-based quarantine facilities […]

Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19: Key steps employers can take

For many families, the COVID-19 outbreak means having to cope with disrupted education, family illness and loss of household income – things that disproportionately affect informal workers and the poorest families. This guidance document by UNICEF, ILO and UN Women provides 19 key steps for employers to ensure their employees and others are protected during the epidemic. https://www.unicef.org/documents/family-friendly-policies-and-other-good-workplace-practices-context-covid-19-key-steps Photo by Marvin […]

Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected

This is the first edition of guidance from the World Health Organization on infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies for use when infection with a novel coronavirus is suspected. This guidance is intended for healthcare workers (HCWs), healthcare administrators and IPC teams at the facility level but it is also relevant for the national and district/provincial level, and contains links […]

A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma

Stigma hinders an effective response to infectious disease, as it exacerbates negative consequences for those affected or at risk, while deterring effective treatment and healthy behaviours at a population level. This guideline by the WHO, IFRC and UNICEF outlines what stigma is, and how to tackle it. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/covid19-stigma-guide.pdf?sfvrsn=226180f4_2

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