COVID-19 Country- Maintains

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
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
Literature review
School for the first time. Credit: Lindsay Mgbor/DFID
School for the first time.
Credit: Lindsay Mgbor/DFID
COVID-19 Series: Education
May 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, education provision has been disrupted at an unprecedented scale. This rapid literature review draws lessons from the global experience on the direct and indirect impacts of a pandemic like COVID-19. Authored by Shrochis Karki.

School for the first time. Credit: Lindsay Mgbor/DFID
School for the first time.
Credit: Lindsay Mgbor/DFID
Brief
Dr Kamara at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Dr Kamara at Connaught Hospital Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Credit: Simon Davis/DFID
COVID-19 Series: The Equity Gap – the need for a gendered response to the COVID-19 crisis
7 May 2020

The response to the emerging COVID-19 crisis has exposed existing fault lines within our health systems. In particular, it has revealed how health systems reflect gender bias, both in terms of the position female staff occupy and in the way services are delivered to women.

Dr Kamara at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Dr Kamara at Connaught Hospital Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Credit: Simon Davis/DFID
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