COVID-19: Resource Hubs, Portals, Special Collections
Number One :: 31 March 2020

GE2P2 Global Foundation
Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics

Editor
Steven Martin, MPhil
Senior Researcher
GE2P2 Global Foundation
steven.martin@ge2p2global.org

PDF: The Sentinel – Special Bulletin_COVID-19 Resources_Version 1-0_31 March 2020

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, a range of organizations globally have launched portals, resource pages, and digital collections of guidance, recommendations, resources, and other content. Our initial inventory presented below will be refreshed regularly as we anticipate that these resources will grow in number and depth.

At the global health governance/guidance level, the World Health Organization has launched a portal which includes authoritative daily situation reports and press briefings, updates on R&D for medicines and vaccines, country and technical guidance, travel advice and more.

Other UN agencies have launched resource collections focused to their remits including UNICEF for children’s issues, including guidance on strengthening protection measures for children during pandemic. Joint guidance from IFRC, UNICEF and WHO includes practical actions and checklists for administrators, teachers, parents and children. UNESCO has published [in Spanish] ethical guidelines for the conduct of research during the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Organisation for Animal Health and the World Veterinary Association issued a joint statement addressing the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary profession for public health in the pandemic.

Also at global level, the Global Fund has issued guidance on the pandemic’s impact on supply chain logistics involving health products. Given that robust risk management processes in medical laboratories are the best defense against errors and false results, ISO has updated ISO 22367, the relevant international standard.

At the multilateral level, the OECD’s Tackling the coronavirus [COVID-19] resource collates key impacts, country profiles, data, videos, policy responses, resources and real-time data. The European Commission has made available relevant standards for medical supplies to facilitate increases in production.

In the human rights space, Freedom House has produced guidelines for protecting democracy and political rights in the context of COVID-19. Similarly, Human Rights Watch has outlined concerns posed by the coronavirus outbreak, drawing on examples of government responses to date, and recommends ways governments and other actors can respect human rights in their response. ISPCAN has drawn together resources for child protection professionals.

In the humanitarian response sector, Elrha has launched and will continue to update Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for humanitarians which will capture content which supports response efforts from a range of organizations. Disaster ready provides access to a collection of free resources from reputable health organizations such as WHO, CDC, KonTerra to help responders of COVID-19 to work safely and promote infection prevention, preparedness and well-being during this pandemic. Evidence Aid is compiling links to entry points for this literature and features Italian and Japanese guidelines on COVID-19. ALNAP’s COVID-19 Response Portal features a collection of guidelines, tools, papers and lessons learnt which are relevant to responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Sphere has also issues guidance based on humanitarian standards, applying humanitarian standards to fight COVID-19. The CHS Alliance sets out a principled and people-centered approach management, response and adaptation to COVID-19 aligned with the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). ICRC has published guidance on inclusive programming during coronavirus. The IASC has identified identify specific challenges and vulnerabilities that must be taken into consideration in camps and camp-like settings.

Ethical analysis and resources are being aggregated by The Hastings Center including guidance, tools, and resources for Hospital Ethics Committees (HECs) and Clinical Ethics Consultation (CEC), and an Ethical Framework for Health Care Institutions & Guidelines for Institutional Ethics Services Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The philanthropic/donor sector response to the coronavirus outbreak.is being served by a resource maintained by the Council on Foundations.

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Below is an alphabetical list for easy navigation, and a more extended listing with titles and links:

ALNAP (The COVID-19 Response Portal)
CHS Alliance https://www.chsalliance.org/get-support/article/covid-19-and-the-chs/
Council on Foundations (COVID-19 Resource Hub).
Disaster ready (Coronavirus (COVID-19)
European Commission (Coronavirus: European standards for medical supplies made freely available to facilitate increase of production).
Evidence Aid (Coronavirus resources)
Freedom House (https://freedomhouse.org/article/principles-protecting-civil-and-political-rights-fight-against-covid-19) and (https://freedomhouse.org/article/freedom-house-offers-guidelines-protecting-democracy-during-pandemic)
Global Fund (COVID-19 Impact on Supply Chain Logistics: Assessment and Recommendations).
Hastings Center (COVID-19: Supporting Ethical Care and Responding to Moral Distress in a Public Health Emergency). and (https://www.thehastingscenter.org/ethicalframeworkcovid19/)
Human Rights Watch (https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/03/19/human-rights-dimensions-covid-19-response)
IASC (https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/other/interim-guidance-scaling-covid-19-outbreak-readiness-and-response-operations-camps-and-camp )
ICRC (https://www.icrc.org/en/document/covid-19-coronavirus-inclusive-programming)
ISAC (https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/other/interim-guidance-scaling-covid-19-outbreak-readiness-and-response-operations-camps-and-camp)
ISO (Reducing the risk of errors in medical laboratories with updated International Standard).
ISPCAN (ISPCAN’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON COVID-19)
OECD (Tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19))
SPHERE (https://spherestandards.org/coronavirus/)
UNESCO (https://en.unesco.org/news/ethics-research-times-pandemic-covid-19)
UNICEF (COVID-19: Children at heightened risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence amidst intensifying containment measures) (COVID-19: IFRC, UNICEF and WHO issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations)
WHO https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
World Organisation for Animal Health and the World Veterinary Association (WVA) (COVID-19 and veterinary activities designated as essential)

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ALNAP [to 28 Mar 2020]
The COVID-19 Response Portal
This portal holds a vast collection of guidelines, tools, papers and lessons learnt from across and beyond the ALNAP Membership which are relevant to responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

CHS Alliance [to 28 Mar 2020]
26 March 2020
COVID-19 and the Core Humanitarian Standard: How to meet our CHS commitments in the coronavirus pandemic
The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) sets out our sector’s core commitments to the people we assist. It guides us in taking a principled and people-centred approach to the way we manage the response and adaptation to COVID-19. This is a guide to how the CHS commitments can inform your response to the pandemic, along with some useful resources…

Council on Foundations [to 28 Mar 2020]
Council Resources for Responding to COVID-19
Council resources for foundations responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

U.S. Government Action on COVID-19
Stay up-to-date on the latest legislation and government actions in the United States concerning COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resource Hub
Resources and news for philanthropy’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Disaster ready [to 28 Mar 2020]
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Learning Resources
Collection of free resources from reputable health organizations such as WHO, CDC, KonTerra, and EJ4 will help responders of COVID-19 to work safely and promote infection prevention, preparedness and well-being during this pandemic

European Commission [to 28 Mar 2020]
Coronavirus: European standards for medical supplies made freely available to facilitate increase of production
Upon the urgent request of the Commission, CEN and CENELEC, in collaboration with all their members, have agreed to immediately make available a number of European standards for certain medical devices and personal protective equipment.

Evidence Aid [to 28 Mar 2020]
Italian guidelines on Novel Coronavirus
Created on 29 February 2020. Last updated 29 February 2020. Compiled by colleagues at the Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group in Italy

Japanese guidelines on Novel Coronavirus
Created on 26 February 2020. Last updated 26 February 2020. Compiled by colleagues at Bukkyo University, co-ordinated by Prof. Hajime Takeuchi MD. A. Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan.

Coronavirus resources
Claire Allen
The outbreak of the Coronavirus is leading to a rapidly expanding and evolving literature. Evidence Aid is compiling links to entry points for this literature and will include these on this web page. If you have any suggestions for other resources that we might consider linking to, please let us know.

Freedom House [to 28 Mar 2020]
Freedom House Offers Guidelines for Protecting Democracy during Pandemic opens in new tab
Press release
March 24, 2020

Principles for Protecting Civil and Political Rights in the Fight against Covid-19 opens in new tab
Perspectives
March 24, 2020

Global Fund [to 28 Mar 2020]
COVID-19 Impact on Supply Chain Logistics: Assessment and Recommendations
12 March 2020

The Hastings Center [to 28 Mar 2020]
COVID-19: Supporting Ethical Care and Responding to Moral Distress in a Public Health Emergency
Guidance, tools, and resources for Hospital Ethics Committees (HECs) Clinical Ethics Consultation (CEC)

Ethical Framework for Health Care Institutions Responding to Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
Guidelines for Institutional Ethics Services Responding to COVID-19. Ethical Framework for Health Care Institutions & Guidelines for Institutional Ethics Services Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Human Rights Watch [to 28 Mar 2020]
Human Rights Dimensions of COVID-19 Response
March 19, 2020
This document provides an overview of human rights concerns posed by the coronavirus outbreak, drawing on examples of government responses to date, and recommends ways governments and other actors can respect human rights in their response.

ICRC [to 28 Mar 2020]
COVID-19: Inclusive programming during the time of coronavirus
This paper brings together guidance and messages from the ICRC’s Operations Diversity Inclusion, Sexual Violence and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse teams, in collaboration with the Global Adviser on Children.
27-03-2020 | Article

IFRC [to 28 Mar 2020]
COVID-19: IFRC, UNICEF and WHO issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 10 March 2020 – The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today issued new guidance to help protect children and schools from transmission of the COV …

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 28 Mar 2020]
IOM Joins Global Response to Prevent the Spread, Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Crisis-Affected Communities
2020-03-25 16:52
Geneva – Today (25 March) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is joining the health and humanitarian community to launch the interagency COVID-19 Global Humanitarian…

ISAC [to 28 Mar 2020]
Interim Guidance on Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak in Readiness and Response Operations in Camps and Camp-like Settings (jointly developed by IFRC, IOM, UNHCR and WHO)
People affected by humanitarian crises, particularly those displaced and/or living in camps and camp-like settings, are often faced with specific challenges and vulnerabilities that must be taken into consideration when planning for readiness and response operations for the COVID-19 outbreak.

ISPCAN [to 28 Mar 2020]
ISPCAN’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON COVID-19
ISPCAN is committed to providing support to individuals, caregivers, and professionals as they navigate through the COVID 19 pandemic by providing up-to-date resources in collaboration with our partner organizations around the globe. We have gathered resources on this topic and want our members to also share.

OECD [to 28 Mar 2020]
Tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19)
What are the impacts and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives and our societies – and what are some of the solutions we can find to boost our healthcare systems, secure our businesses, maintain our jobs and education, and stabilise financial markets and economies?

OIE [to 28 Mar 2020]
COVID-19 and veterinary activities designated as essential
Joint Statement by the World Organisation for Animal Health and World Veterinary Association
In the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Veterinary Association (WVA) jointly draw attention to the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary profession for public health. They highlight the specific veterinary activities which are key to ensure a continuum in food safety, disease prevention and emergency management.

SPHERE [to 28 Mar 2020]
COVID-19 guidance based on humanitarian standards
COVID-19 guidance based on humanitarian standards, applying humanitarian standards to fight COVID-19. The guidance can be download in multiple languages.

UNESCO [to 28 Mar 2020]
Ethics in research in times of pandemic COVID-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has arrived in Latin America and the Caribbean and with it the certain possibility that various types of related biomedical research will be carried out on vulnerable populations in the region.
26/03/2020

WHO [to 28 Mar 2020]
Daily WHO situation reports here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Daily WHO press briefings here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/media-resources/press-briefings

COVID-19: IFRC, UNICEF and WHO issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations
Guidance includes practical actions and checklists for administrators, teachers, parents and children
10 March 2020

WHO: Guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic
Interim guidance – 26 March 2020
This document provides guiding principles and considerations to support countries in their decision-making regarding provision of immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic and is endorsed by the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization.

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