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
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
Literature review
Maternal health, Sierra Leone. Credit: Robert Yates/DFID
Maternal health, Sierra Leone.
Credit: Robert Yates/DFID
COVID-19 Series: Gender
May 2020

This rapid study reviews the literature on how a health crisis such as an epidemic has adverse implications for gender, especially for women. It includes recommendations for designing and executing interventions both in response to the COVID-19 crisis and in creating resilient systems going forward. Authored by Gunjan Jhunjhunwala and Vinaya Padmanabhan.

Maternal health, Sierra Leone. Credit: Robert Yates/DFID
Maternal health, Sierra Leone.
Credit: Robert Yates/DFID
Brief
Community health worker in the Korail slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh Credit: Lucy Milmo, DFID
Community health worker in the Korail slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Credit: Lucy Milmo/DFID
COVID-19 Series: On the front line – community health workers and infectious disease outbreaks
5 May 2020

Community health workers (CHWs) are central to the delivery of essential health services and indispensable during health emergencies. This summary of a rapid literature review on CHWs identifies opportunities to strengthen their role in shock-responsive health systems.

Community health worker in the Korail slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh Credit: Lucy Milmo, DFID
Community health worker in the Korail slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Credit: Lucy Milmo/DFID
Literature review
Meeting Makamie's local villagers, Sierra Leone. Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
Meeting Makamie's local villagers, Sierra Leone.
Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
COVID-19 Series: Community Health Workers
May 2020

This rapid literature review on the role of community health workers (CHWs) is part of a COVID-19 series of publications from Maintains. It explores the barriers and facilitators affecting the response of CHWs to epidemics and identifies opportunities to strengthen their role in shock-responsive health systems. Authored by Shuchi Srinivasan and Radhika Arora.

Meeting Makamie's local villagers, Sierra Leone. Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
Meeting Makamie's local villagers, Sierra Leone.
Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
Brief
Making Makamie safe again from Ebola. Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
Making Makamie safe again from Ebola.
Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
COVID-19 Series: Withstanding a pandemic
5 May 2020

This snapshot of a rapid literature review focuses on three key aspects of health systems when responding to past disease outbreaks: impact on women, significance of trust, and everyday resilience. By Rithika Nair, Health Consultant.

Making Makamie safe again from Ebola. Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
Making Makamie safe again from Ebola.
Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
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