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  1. Abstract, Science Advances, 2020 Mandates for mask use in public during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, worsened by global shortage of commercial supplies, have led to widespread use of homemade masks and mask alternatives. It is assumed that wearing such masks reduces the likelihood for an...
  2. Emergency seed interventions may already be planned or ongoing in many areas (e.g. to respond to drought, pest infestation, displacement, or other stresses). COVID-19 and its associated restrictions on travel, trade and markets may also constrain farmers’ seed security, as well as the ways in...
  3. This was apparent during the2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa– the underlying technical, institutional, and human systems and processes required to gather, analyze, and use data were not robust enough to support a timely response. There was an unclear and asynchronous picture of the disease’s...
  4. Please refer toUSAID COVID-19 Digital Response Guidance(PDF) for steps that you can take to increase institutional readiness to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19, and its effects. The guidance answers three common response questions: 1. What can be done today?Now is the time to get a...
  5. There are three early successes that showcase how information and communication technologies (ICT4D) can support rapid responses to communicable disease outbreaks, like COVID-19. Each of these implementations build on the three perquisites above and decades of collective experience in emergency...
  6. Praekelt.Org createdCOVID-19 Connectby using Turn.io technology that delivers automated informational responses to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the coronavirus inSouth Africa. Since its launch on Sunday night with the National Department of Health, the COVID-19 Connect...
  7. IntraHealth International and UNICEF created mHero in August 2014 to support health-sector communication during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.mHerois a two-way communication platform that connects ministries of health with frontline health workers in even the remotest regions, allowing for...
  8. Dimagi built afree template applicationfor CommCare which fully implements the WHO FFX Protocol for contact tracing and case investigation to support rapid deployment of COVID-19 Response solutions. More than 200 organizations accessed the template in the first 24 hours since it was released, and...
  9. Information is critical toCOVID-19 Digital Response. Decision makers need detailed and timely data about the coronavirus disease spread. Health workers and communities need access to truthful information to protect themselves and their loved ones. However, responding to a public health emergency...
  10. Digital health technologywill be integral to COVID-19 digital response by donors, government, and health systems in low- and middle income countries. We developed several resources of potential solutions: 3 Early Digital Health COVID-19 Response Success Stories 10 Digital Health Technology...
  11. The COVID-19 Coronavirus global pandemic is creating a global learning crisis in addition to a global health crisis.82% of the world’s learnersare no longer in traditional schooling or education programs and UNESCO is recommending online learning andeducation technologyto to reach learners...
  12. At CGD, we are examining the toll that the spread of COVID-19 is taking on global development—people, systems, and economies—and how governments and international organizations can best respond. Our experts are also assessing global pandemic preparedness and financing, and in particular how the...
  13. 2020-04-14 Quarantines, preventative measures associated with disease outbreaks like COVID-19, limit people’s ability to go to markets and stores to get food. People may also find that they have extra time around the house to invest in gardening. During such times, household gardening gains importance for...
  14. 2020-04-14 This article overviews some suggestions for ways to respond in communities to the presence of a highly contagious disease. Concepts discussed include both practices and principlesfor disease mitigation as well as culturally-considerate communication, strengthening the human immuity, and long-term...
  15. 2020-04-14 Responding in the Case of an Epidemic or Pandemic A Tip of the Hat to the Tippy Tap Promoting Biodiversity on Maize Smallholdings: Importance of Birds From ECHO's Seed Bank:Fast-Growing Plants for Household Food Supply Echoes from Our Network: 100-Fold Gardens in Honduras Books, Web Sites, and...
  16. Links for Dr. Chapin COVID-19Videos in Mayan Languages IXIL KAQCHIKEL k'ICHE MAM Q’ANJOB’AL Q'EQCHI TZ’UTUJILEspanol Guatemala is home to some of the poorest communities in the Western hemisphere.Guatemalan children suffer the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the entire world. A woman in...
  17. 2020-01-20 How best can people across Africa deal with COVID-19? How can those in densely populated urban areas or in remote rural villages best survive COVID-19 if they get infected? There are several answers to these questions. But there is one that we must never forget: eat a variety of nutritious,...
  18. This animation was created in collaboration with the Nigerian Ministry of Health, Nigeria CDC, and the UN Communications Team in Nigeria. This animation dispels common myths about Coronavirus and COVID-19. Stay informed, know the facts, do not share false information - together we can spread the...