COVID-19 - Maintains

  • COVID-19 is an extreme shock to social systems, with direct and secondary impacts in Maintains’ focus sectors of education, gender, health, disaster risk financing, nutrition, governance, and social protection.

    We are adapting our established research programme to respond to the pandemic, and undertaking new work that will focus on how best to support governments to respond, adapt and recover from COVID-19. With teams on the ground in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda, Maintains is providing technical assistance as well as undertaking rapid research to capture vital learnings in real time.

    To find out how we can work together please email maintains@opml.co.uk.

    All outputs from this work are available below, filterable by sector, country, and resource type.

  • Disinfecting public places, disseminating information and distributing masks to protect vulnerable people in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
    Disinfecting public places, disseminating information and distributing masks to protect vulnerable people in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
    Credit: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society
Brief
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
Brief
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
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
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
Technical Assistance Report
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society distributing cash grants and vegetable seeds to the flood-affected families in Sirajganj.
Credit: Sajid Hasan/IFRC
COVID-19 Series: Support for an emergency cash transfer in Bangladesh in response to COVID-19
April 2020

This report sets out suggestions on the considerations of eligibility, identification and registration, payments and delivery, and data management in regard to the emergency cash transfer in response to COVID-19.

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society distributing cash grants and vegetable seeds to the flood-affected families in Sirajganj.
Credit: Sajid Hasan/IFRC
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
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
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
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