COVID-19 Resource Type - Maintains

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ethiopia urban poor
A 13 year old who had come to Addis Ababa to find work but due to COVID has become unemployed and living on the streets
Credit: Kasper Bøgsted Kristensen, Danish Red Cross
COVID-19 and the urban poor in Ethiopia – part two
October 2020

This brief from the second report of a six-part series exploring the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups in Ethiopia, highlights the importance of policies that ensure the most vulnerable benefit from the support provided by government and other organisations, and that the process of targeting the support is transparent. Authored by Donna Harris, Alula Teklu, Girmay Medhin, Israel Mitiku, Biniyam Tadesse, Mekdes Demissie, and Frehiwot Bekele. The study is funded through the Building Resilience in Ethiopia (BRE) Programme and implemented in partnership with the Maintains Programme.

ethiopia urban poor
A 13 year old who had come to Addis Ababa to find work but due to COVID has become unemployed and living on the streets
Credit: Kasper Bøgsted Kristensen, Danish Red Cross
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Market, Harar, Ethiopia
Credit: Stanford Alumni Association Travel-Study Program, October - November 2007
COVID-19 and the urban poor in Ethiopia – part one
August 2020

This brief presents key findings from round one of a six part study, exploring the impact of COVID-19 and government response measures on poor and vulnerable groups in urban areas in Ethiopia. The full research report can be found here. Authored by Donna Harris, Alula Teklu, Girmay Medhin, Israel Mitiku, Biniyam Tadesse, and Mekdes Demissie. The study is funded through the Building Resilience in Ethiopia (BRE) Programme and implemented in partnership with the Maintains Programme.

Market, Harar, Ethiopia
Credit: Stanford Alumni Association Travel-Study Program, October - November 2007
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The COVID-19 response in Sierra Leone: Findings from a rapid study
August 2020

In Sierra Leone, Maintains has been undertaking new work looking at how the government can be supported as they respond, adapt and recover from COVID-19. Our team have used a systems lens to analyse the leadership and governance response to COVID-19 and how this looks across both health, and non-health social sectors. This brief underscores the key findings and further recommendations from the full report, as well as provides and update on wider Maintains work.

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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
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Collecting water from a pond. Dembi, Moyale District, Ethiopia, April 2006.
Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross
From the field: COVID-19 and the urban poor in Ethiopia – how is the pandemic and the response affecting poor and vulnerable groups?
9 June 2020

Maintains is about to start an in-depth study of the impact of COVID-19 and control measures on poor households and vulnerable groups in urban settings in Ethiopia. In this blog, originally posted on the OPM site, Donna Harris and Zoma Mesfin describe findings from preliminary interviews with key informants, along with the key issues which emerged and how these will be explored in the upcoming Maintains study.

Collecting water from a pond. Dembi, Moyale District, Ethiopia, April 2006.
Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross
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Supporting maternal health in Lodwar, Kenya.
Credit: Russell Watkins/DFID
COVID-19 Series: The challenges of maintaining health services and scaling up to respond to COVID-19 – the experience of Kenya
19 May 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya continues to rise, this article examines the response of the Government, the impact on essential services, and recommendations for response and recovery.

Supporting maternal health in Lodwar, Kenya.
Credit: Russell Watkins/DFID
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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
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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
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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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