COVID-19 Country- Maintains

Beyond the state: The role of traditional leaders in COVID-19
November 2020

This report explores the role of traditional leaders – Paramount Chiefs, Youth Leaders and Mammy Queens – in Sierra Leone in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. This qualitative study in Kono district finds that traditional leaders did indeed play a key role, but that participation and decision-making was uneven. The report lays out recommendations to institutionalise the role of traditional leaders, in an inclusive way, to ensure further successes of state collaboration with traditional leaders in future crises.

Working paper
Conceptual framework for studying social protection responses to COVID-19
October 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 200 countries/territories have expanded and adapted their social protection systems to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic. Maintains is conducting a cross-country study to provide an operational assessment of these social protection responses using the conceptual framework described in this working paper.

Authored by Rodolfo Beazley, with Alexandra Doyle, Madhumitha Hebbar, Karin Seyfert, and Ludovico Carraro

All Maintains evidence and articles relating to COVID-19 can be found here.

Women in Pakistan wait to vote - Rachel Clayton/DFID
Governance systems fit for a pandemic? Early lessons from five countries
20 August 2020

COVID-19 presents major governance challenges. First, it requires a ‘whole of government’ approach – with joint activities and coherent decision-making across diverse ministries, public administrations, and agencies. Second, it requires a ‘whole of society’ response, where multiple levels of government work with the private sector, NGOs, and civil society in collaborative governance. Third, plans – and the teams put in place to deliver them – need to be adaptable due to uncertainty, imperfect information, and unclear scientific evidence.

Women in Pakistan wait to vote - Rachel Clayton/DFID
Brief
Kenya Red Cross Society has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis across the country, including in informal settlements and slum areas.
Credit: John Bundi / Kenya Red Cross Society
Initial COVID-19 responses in Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda: Documentation and learning from March to May 2020
July 2020

This executive summary of the full report documents the experiences and challenges of scaling up the response to COVID-19 in the first three months of the outbreak – March to May 2020 – in five countries: Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Authored by Debbie Hillier, Tom Newton-Lewis, Rithika Nair, and Christoph Larsen.

Kenya Red Cross Society has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis across the country, including in informal settlements and slum areas.
Credit: John Bundi / Kenya Red Cross Society
Synthesis Report
Kenya Red Cross Society has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis across the country, including in informal settlements and slum areas.
Credit: John Bundi / Kenya Red Cross Society
Initial COVID-19 responses in Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda: Documentation and learning from March to May 2020
July 2020

This report synthesises the findings from a series of rapid situation analyses on the initial response to COVID-19 in the first few months of the outbreak – March to May 2020 – in five countries: Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Authored by Debbie Hillier, Tom Newton-Lewis, Rithika Nair, and Christoph Larsen.

Kenya Red Cross Society has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis across the country, including in informal settlements and slum areas.
Credit: John Bundi / Kenya Red Cross Society
Working paper
Entrance to the Accident and Emergency department at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Simon Davis/DFID
Entrance to the Accident and Emergency department at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Credit: Simon Davis/DFID
Sierra Leone’s response to COVID-19
May 2020

Sierra Leone’s response to COVID-19 has been built on its experience of managing Ebola, but has faced a series of institutional and operational challenges that have influenced these efforts. This working paper reviews the first three months of the outbreak in Sierra Leone, exploring challenges and offering insights for Maintains and others wishing to support the response. Authored by Kevin Grieco, Yasmina Yusuf and Niccoló Meriggi.

Entrance to the Accident and Emergency department at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Simon Davis/DFID
Entrance to the Accident and Emergency department at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Credit: Simon Davis/DFID
Brief
Mothers grow together to improve food security in Kenya. Credit: Marisol Grandon/DFID
Mothers grow together to improve food security in Kenya.
Credit: Marisol Grandon/DFID
COVID-19 Series: Health and hunger – why nutrition services are a core response to the COVID-19 pandemic
12 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will mean many more millions of people will not have enough to eat, with predictions that some 265 million people could be pushed into acute food insecurity. This rapid literature review explores strategies to address the short and longer term impacts of malnutrition caused by the pandemic.

Mothers grow together to improve food security in Kenya. Credit: Marisol Grandon/DFID
Mothers grow together to improve food security in Kenya.
Credit: Marisol Grandon/DFID
Literature review
A malnutrition screening programme at a clinic in Kenya. Credit: Russell Watkins/DFID
A malnutrition screening programme at a clinic in Kenya.
Credit: Russell Watkins/DFID
COVID-19 Series: Nutrition
May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will cause the already significant numbers of people who do not have enough to eat to rise, with predictions that some 265 million people could be pushed into acute food insecurity. This rapid literature review explores strategies to address the short and longer term impacts of malnutrition caused by the pandemic.

A malnutrition screening programme at a clinic in Kenya. Credit: Russell Watkins/DFID
A malnutrition screening programme at a clinic in Kenya.
Credit: Russell Watkins/DFID
Brief
Indian summer classroom Credit: Pippa Ranger/DFID
Indian summer classroom.
Credit: Pippa Ranger/DFID
COVID-19 Series: School’s out for COVID…But how could we lessen the impact?
11 May 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, education provision has been disrupted at an unprecedented scale. This summary outlines some of the key findings and recommendations from a rapid literature review on the impact of health shocks on education.

Indian summer classroom Credit: Pippa Ranger/DFID
Indian summer classroom.
Credit: Pippa Ranger/DFID
Oxford Policy Management
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