Covid-19 Hub

In 2020, the H2H network provided rapid funding to seventeen member agencies and coordinated eighteen cross-cutting technical services to support humanitarian responders to cope with challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This page provides an overview of publicly available resources developed in the context of these H2H Network-supported projects as well as summaries of good practices and lessons learned. Projects were funded by the H2H Network’s H2H Fund, supported by UK aid from the UK government.

Covid-19 H2H Network response to the info-demic (February - June 2020)

In February 2020, the H2H Network activated its fund and four members agencies provided specialized services aimed at addressing the Covid-19 “info-demic”. The Covid-19 H2H Network response to the info-demic was an extensive and complementary package of services providing information, guidance, and training based on scientific evidence, tailored to local needs and delivered in local languages.

Healthier info-ecosystems for healthier people

Network member

Internews

Humanitarian service

Community engagement and accountability

Where

Thailand

Project period

March – June 2020

Objective

1. Information Eco-system assessment to identify relevant information/communication channels used by migrant communities in Bangkok to access and share information related to COVID-19 to understand the specific complexities migrants face when accessing information and services related to COVID-19;

2. Connecting data collection, analysis and production activities across the region to enable demand-driven content in locally relevant languages and as such bridge the trust gap.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:


Covid-19 resources (guides, tools, webinars) for journalists

Guidance: reporting on clinical trials

Guidance: How media can support their audience during Ramadan

Guidance: How to report accurately on COVID-19 vaccines

Guidance: Using situation reports (sitreps) as story inspiration – Internews COVID-19

Guidance: Self-care for journalists during COVID-19 – Internews COVID-19

Guidance: Tools for Data Visualisation – Internews COVID-19

Guidance: How to prevent stigma and discrimination of migrant workers – Internews COVID-19

Guidance: How to prepare your media audience for a safe return to work – Internews COVID-19

Guidance: Reporting on ‘the second wave’ – Internews COVID-19

Guidance: Reporting on and with vulnerable populations: LGBTQ+ People – Internews COVID-19

Tools for news reporting during social distancing – Internews COVID-19

Analyst Extra: Using word frequencies to guide social media rumour analysis – Internews COVID-19

Resources: Migrants and COVID-19 – Internews COVID-19

Rumour: Can COVID-19 be sexually transmitted? – Internews COVID-19

Rumour: Are patients immune after recovering from COVID-19? – Internews COVID-19

Rumour: Unproven treatments – Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine – Internews COVID-19

Rumour: Is SARS-CoV-2 airborne? – Internews COVID-19

Rumour: Favipiravir/Avigan and how to report on new ‘miracle’ drugs – Internews COVID-19

#infohygiene in times of pandemics – Internews COVID-19

Cambodian journalist at Voice if America (VOA) Vicheika Kann shares her #infohygiene tips. Type: Video.

Cambodian journalist and Internews Media specialis May Titthara shares his #infohygiene tips. Type: Video.

Bangladeshi journalist and Current Affairs Editor at Ekattor in Bangladesh Mithila Farzana shares her #infohygiene tips. Type: Video.

Thai journalist and Voice TV Editor-inChief Pinpaka Ngamsom shares her #infohygiene tips. Type: Video.

Thai journalist at Prachatai.com Nutcha Tantiwittayapitak shares her #infohygiene tips. Type: Video.

Indian Journalist Mithila Farzana from Ekkator shares her #infohygiene tips. Type: Video.

Journalist and UNHCR Philippines Goodwill ambassador Atom Araullo shares his #infohygiene tips. Type: Video.

Combatting misinformation in the Covid-19 response through data-driven language support

Network member

Translators without Borders

Humanitarian service

Community engagement and accountability

Where

Global

Project period

March – June 2020

Objective

1. Support risk communication by improving public knowledge of the language and literacy dynamics in countries affected by the coronavirus.

2. Combat misinformation related to the coronavirus through language and terminology support for public information efforts.

Promoting the use of robust research evidence in the treatment and management of Covid-19

Network member

Evidence Aid

Humanitarian service

Data and information management

Where

Global

Project period

March 2020 - January 2021

Objective

1. Key stakeholders in the global response to Covid-19 (especially those working in countries with less developed health systems) have access to high-quality, locally relevant research and evidence showing what interventions are effective in treating and managing the disease and mitigating its long term impacts.

2. Key stakeholders are supported to counter misinformation with robust and clearly presented evidence.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:

H2H Project blog: Promoting the use of robust research evidence in the treatment and management of Covid-19

Evidence collection: plain-language summaries of high-quality research available in English, and translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese (simplified and traditional).

Combatting the Covid-19 ‘info-demic’ through media

Network member

BBC Media Action

Humanitarian service

Community engagement and accountability

Where

Indonesia and Global

Project period

March - May 2020

Objective

1. Improve global access to trusted information about Covid-19.

2. Minimize the spread of misinformation about Covid-19.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:

Communication to counter the COVID-19 ‘info-demic’

Think before you share to #StopTheSpread - BBC Media Action India

H2H Network Global Covid-19 Humanitarian Support Package (May 2020 – January 2021)

By March 2020, the far-reaching impact of Covid-19 was becoming apparent, along with the need for cross-cutting H2H technical services. The H2H Network Global Covid-19 Humanitarian Support Package was assembled. This 7th activation of the H2H Fund marks the most comprehensive H2H service package to date, aiming to fill a critical gap in the humanitarian response to the pandemic by making 14 technical services available to international and local responders.

ACAPS' Covid-19 Analysis Hub

Network member

ACAPs

Humanitarian service

Data and information management

Where

Global

Project period

May - September 2020

Objective

1. Contribute to a strengthened evidence base for humanitarian decision-making related to the primary and secondary impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2. Strengthen the overall humanitarian analytical capacity by connecting and convening analysts from a wide range of humanitarian and non-humanitarian sectors.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:


Global reports (8)

Understanding the impact of COVID-19: Key questions and info gaps (18/05/2020)

Outbreaks in East Africa: Desert Locusts and COVID-19 (14/05/2020)

COVID-19: Humanitarian Exemptions to Government Measures (26/05/2020)

Migrant vulnerability in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal (13/10/2020)

Global gender analysis on COVID-19, health and protection (22/10/2020)

Global gender analysis on COVID-19 and livelihood (23/10/2020)

Global analysis of COVID-19 impact on education (04/11/2020)

Latin America: COVID-19 and impact on education (03/11/2020)


Crisis reports (8)

Nigeria: Vulnerabilities to COVID-19 and containment measures (26/05/2020)

Venezuela: COVID-19 outbreak overwhelms health system (27/05/2020)

South Sudan: Access to basic needs and services (12/08/2020)

Mexico: COVID-19 and Migration (01/09/2020)

Burkina Faso: COVID-19, insecurity and education (15/10/2020)

DRC: Impact of COVID-19, conflict and policy reforms on education (19/10/2020)

Greece: Fires and COVID-19 caused displacement in Lesvos (13/10/2020)

Iraq: Impact of COVID-19 on Education (09/11/2020)


Summary descriptive reports based upon input from 1000+ humanitarian experts (2)

Humanitarian Experts Network 10-week Summary Report (8/05/2020)

Humanitarian Experts Network Data Summary Report (22/10/2020)


Joint collaborative analysis produced with key partners

Nigeria: Vulnerabilities to COVID-19 and containment measures (26/05/2020), in consultation with Nigeria NGO Forum (26/05/2020)

Venezuela: COVID-19 outbreak overwhelms health system in consultation with Mercy Corps (27/05/2020)

DRC: Impact of COVID-19, conflict and policy reforms on education, in collaboration with the Global education cluster (19/10/2020)

Iraq: Impact of COVID-19 on Education (20/11/2020)

Analysis of logistics environment in Covid-19 context

Network member

Atlas Logistique

Humanitarian service

Security, logistics and programme support

Where

Democratic Republic of Congo

Project period

May 2020 – August 2020

Objective

Contribute to the optimization and efficiency of the humanitarian supply chain in Kinshasa and North Kivu.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:

H2H project blog: A new concept for humanitarian logistics in DRC

Supporting the humanitarian sector in adapting its Information Management and Monitoring & Evaluation response to the Covid-19 crisis

Network member

CartONG

Humanitarian service

Data and information management

Where

Global

Project period

May 2020 - January 2021

Objective

1. Improve the impact and quality of the Covid-19 response (for ongoing and new projects) by supporting humanitarian agencies to adapt their IM and M&E activities.

2. Improve the global efficiency of the response with shared resources and lessons learned.

Keeping ahead of the Covid-19 impact curve in ongoing and emerging disasters using adaptive communication and community engagement approaches

Network member

CDAC Network

Humanitarian service

Community engagement and accountability

Where

Sudan, Zimbabwe

Project period

May 2020 - December 2020

Objective

Strengthen CCEA through improved coordination and the rapid collation, generation and dissemination of health messaging related to Covid-19, relevant to humanitarian settings, grounded on a strong evidence base.

Access to vital information regarding Covid-19 pandemic

Network member

Fondation Hirondelle

Humanitarian service

Community engagement and accountability

Where

Uganda, Guinea, Sierra Leone

Project period

May - December 2020

Objective

1. Contribute to the global response and reduce the risk of instability linked to Covid-19 by facilitating access to reliable, credible and targeted information for the populations of 3 countries.

2. Support local media in their social and vital role of informing the populations in times of crisis.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:


H2H Project blog: Leaving no-one behind – the media’s role in supporting communities during the Covid-19 in Uganda, Guinea and Sierra Leone

Radio drama - The Pearl Episode 001 / Stigmatisation of people who recovered from COVID19: After recovering from the Coronavirus disease, Joana is released from the hospital and returns home. But, her ordeal isn’t over yet, as she faces another torment. Produced by Ears and MiCT, October 2020.

Special report - L’impact du coronavirus sur le secteur de la pêche se fait sentir sur le panier de la ménagère. (The housewife’s food basket upset by the impact of the coronavirus on the fishing sector). Produced by AJSG, October 2020.

Magazine - Leh wi tap Corona / Program about physically challenged people and Corona. Produced by CTN, December 2020

Perceptions of a pandemic: strengthening the quality and relevance of the Covid-19 global response through community input

Network member

Ground Truth Solutions

Humanitarian service

Community engagement and accountability

Objective

1. The ongoing response is informed by and adapted to the perspectives of affected and at-risk communities in humanitarian settings, at both national and global levels.

2. Global perceptions analysis informs global research and learning for future emergencies and the ongoing response to Covid-19.

Remote capacity building for Iraqi, Syrian and Yemeni NGOs to help them adapt to the Covid-19 context

Network member

Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD)

Humanitarian service

Quality and sector professionalization

Where

Iraq, Syria, Yemen

Project period

June - September 2020

Objective

Capacity building to help NGOs adapt their processes to the Covid-19 operational context.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:

H2H Project blog: Helping Iraqi, Syrian and Yemeni NGOs to ensure business continuity throughout Covid-19

Missing maps for Covid-19

Network member

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Humanitarian service

Data and information management

Where

Dem Rep of the Congo, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Malawi,Tanzania, Botswana, Mongolia, Colombia, Peru, Philippines

Project period

May 2020 - January 2021

Objective

1. Provide base map data for at least 8 local response efforts.

2. Support microgrant recipients and government agencies in collecting, integrating and using open data sources and OpenStreetMap data in Covid-19 response.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:

H2H Project blog: A global mapping network to support the Covid-19 response

All the geographical data created by HOT is imported to OpenStreetMap, and made available under the free and open Open Database License (ODbL). Map data can be accessed and downloaded in a number of ways at no cost: HOT Export Tool, Humanitarian Data Exchange, and OSM.org. Therefore, that data can be accessed and utilized to inform decision making by anyone.

HOT created data visualization products and blog posts to better understand, showcase and communicate the work of the organization and its contributors. Example: C-19 Remote Mapping web map which visualizes HOT’s efforts in this project.

Aid insecurity in the Covid-19 response

Network member

Insecurity Insight

Humanitarian service

Security, logistics and programme support

Where

Global

Project period

May - August 2020

Objective

1. Facilitate aid agency information sharing and keep aid agencies updated on the changing security context to enable aid security during the Covid-19 response.

2. Provide aid agencies with material that supports the translation of knowledge into practical security strategies and measures.

3. Enhance the understanding within the wider aid sector of the dynamic interaction between context, security strategies and access during health emergencies.

Covid-19 Global Hub Support Centre

Network member

Map Action

Humanitarian service

Data and information management

Where

Global

Project period

May - January 2021

Objective

Informing effective humanitarian planning and response through the provision of geospatial and data products/services to key coordination and response organisations from global through to local levels for Covid-19 measures and secondary impacts of Covid-19.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:


H2H Project blog: MapAction’s Global Help Centre: creating new partnerships through GIS/Information Management in the humanitarian sector

Maps developed in the context of the responses

DP camp mapping for OCHA Syria Camp Coordination and Camp Management & Shelter NFI

Health cluster mapping for WHO/ Global Health Cluster – Libya

Dashboard for ACAPS

Covid-19 Incidents mapping in health facilities for Insecurity Insight

Covid-19 Remote Online Facilitated Training (CROFT)

Network member

RedR UK

Humanitarian service

Quality and sector professionalization

Where

Turkey, Syria

Project period

May - November 2020

Objective

1. Strengthen the ability of Covid-19 responders to promote effective disease control & prevention and improve psychosocial support to staff and communities.

2. Empower community workers and communities themselves to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection and its impact on most at-risk and vulnerable populations.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:

H2H Project blog: Training in the Time of Covid

Applying humanitarian standards to the global Covid-19 response

Network member

Sphere

Humanitarian service

Quality and sector professionalization

Where

Global

Project period

May - November 2020

Objective

1. Build the capacity and understanding of humanitarian actors on the relevant humanitarian standards – Sphere, Core Humanitarian Standard and HSP standards – for the Covid-19 response.

2. Promote community-led approaches and practices that adhere with humanitarian standards and adapt to the Covid-19 realities.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:


List of links to webinar pages

Covid-19 case studies of good practice from around the globe (and links to other C-19 resources)

Media coverage of the impact of and response to the Covid-19 pandemic in crisis zones

Network member

The New Humanitarian

Humanitarian service

Community engagement and accountability

Where

Global

Project period

May - August 2020

Objective

By providing accurate, fact-based information about the Covid-19 pandemic, including evolving needs on the ground and the changing humanitarian response, TNH contributed to improved communication with and accountability to affected communities and helped humanitarian actors adapt to the new Covid-19 world in the long term.

Resource links

Public resources and articles produced in the context of this response:

Reports providing epidemiologically accurate information amplifying the voices and evolving needs of those affected, particularly the most vulnerable (20)

How Brazil’s COVID-19 response has fallen to community leaders

Six ways COVID-19 is changing South Africa

Violence or the virus? Mindanao’s displaced forced to choose

In Afghanistan, the coronavirus fight goes through Taliban territory

Known unknowns: The challenge of collecting COVID-19 data in Venezuela

Child marriage worries rise amid coronavirus lockdown in Cameroon [She Said]

Hard lessons from COVID-19 on looking after the dead

COVID-19's double dangers for Venezuelan women in Colombia [She Said]

At the US-Mexico border, coronavirus fears and asylum chaos

Afghanistan’s missing coronavirus patients: Women [She Said]

Q&A Want to know about COVID-19 in Haiti? Ask a nurse

Briefing: Coronavirus and the halting of asylum at the US-Mexico border

Despite COVID-19 setbacks, displaced Kachin women keep their families afloat [She Said]

As home births rise in Nepal, so do fears for maternal health [She Said]

How coronavirus hit Aden: A Yemeni doctor's diary

COVID-19 shifts Peru’s internal migration into reverse

Kenya’s teen pregnancy crisis: More than COVID-19 is to blame [She Said]

COVID-19 sparks push for immigration reform in Brazil

Haitian mental health needs rise yet again with COVID-19 trauma

A Kenyan COVID-19 notebook: The ‘mama mbogas’ and the path to recovery

Reports investigating/analyzing the aid industry’s response to the crisis (4)

In Peru’s Amazon, the church fills COVID-19 aid void for indigenous people

Coronavirus: A window of opportunity for action on migration?

LGBTQ+ people left out by exclusionary COVID-19 aid practices

Lost in translation: Language barriers and the Rohingya response

Policy analysis about response trends, including on humanitarianism at a turning point examining how this crisis changes humanitarian response in the long-term (1)

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