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
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
Literature review
Preparing a measles vaccine in Ethiopia Pete Lewis DFID
Preparing to deliver a measles vaccine in Ethiopia.
Credit: Pete Lewis/DFID
COVID-19 Series: Health
May 2020

This rapid literature review on health services is part of a COVID-19 series of publications from Maintains. Drawing on learnings from past disease outbreaks, particularly Ebola in West Africa, it considers the immediate challenges as well as the longer-term approaches required for recovery and reform to enhance future health system resilience. Authored by Rithika Nair, Health Consultant.

Preparing a measles vaccine in Ethiopia Pete Lewis DFID
Preparing to deliver a measles vaccine in Ethiopia.
Credit: Pete Lewis/DFID
Brief
COVID-19 Series: Falling through the gaps? Social protection systems during the COVID-19 pandemic
The start of your morning coffee.
Credit: Pete Lewis/DFID
COVID-19 Series: Falling through the gaps? Social protection systems during the COVID-19 pandemic
1 May 2020

Key findings from a literature review on how social protection systems are responding to COVID-19 and what we can learn from previous epidemics.

COVID-19 Series: Falling through the gaps? Social protection systems during the COVID-19 pandemic
The start of your morning coffee.
Credit: Pete Lewis/DFID
Literature review
Moustapha Diallo/ IFRC Caption: Food voucher distribution following low rainfall and failed harvests in eastern Senegal
Food voucher distribution following low rainfall and failed harvests in eastern Senegal.
Moustapha Diallo/ IFRC
COVID-19 Series: Social Protection
May 2020

This rapid literature review on social protection is part of a COVID-19 series of publications from Maintains. It explores how social protection systems are responding, what we can learn from previous epidemics, and what measures can be used by low and middle income countries to cope with the impact of a pandemic on poverty, vulnerability, and social exclusion. Authored by Madhumitha Hebbar and Laura Phelps.

Moustapha Diallo/ IFRC Caption: Food voucher distribution following low rainfall and failed harvests in eastern Senegal
Food voucher distribution following low rainfall and failed harvests in eastern Senegal.
Moustapha Diallo/ IFRC
Literature review
Women in Pakistan wait to vote. Credit: Rachel Clayton/DFID
Women in Pakistan wait to vote.
Credit: Rachel Clayton/DFID
COVID-19 Series: Governance and State Capability
April 2020

This rapid literature review on governance and state capability is part of a COVID-19 series of publications from Maintains. It looks at evidence and experience of how countries respond to health shocks, and the implications for public sector governance and state capability. Authored by Stephen Akroyd, Peter Harrington, and Alexandra Nastase.

Women in Pakistan wait to vote. Credit: Rachel Clayton/DFID
Women in Pakistan wait to vote.
Credit: Rachel Clayton/DFID
Brief
A female doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a woman patient at a mobile health clinic in Pakistan. Credit: DFID/Russell Watkins.
A female doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a woman patient at a mobile health clinic in Pakistan.
Credit: DFID/Russell Watkins
COVID-19 Series: The role of government and COVID-19
29 April 2020

Lessons from a recent literature review of governance and the role of the state in responding to COVID-19. By Stephen Akroyd, Principal Consultant, Public Sector Governance, OPM.

A female doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a woman patient at a mobile health clinic in Pakistan. Credit: DFID/Russell Watkins.
A female doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a woman patient at a mobile health clinic in Pakistan.
Credit: DFID/Russell Watkins
Brief
Making Makamie safe again from EbolaCredit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
Making Makamie safe again from Ebola.
Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
COVID-19 Series: Can public finance systems in developing countries cope with pandemics?
24 April 2020

What we learned from a recent literature review of disaster risk finance, public financial management and COVID-19. By Felix Lung, Maintains Global DRF Advisor and Learning Lead.

Making Makamie safe again from EbolaCredit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
Making Makamie safe again from Ebola.
Credit: Corporal Paul Shaw/MOD
Literature review
A health worker at the border. Credit: Anna Dubuis/DFID
A health worker at the border.
Credit: Anna Dubuis/DFID
COVID-19 Series: Disaster Risk Financing
April 2020

This rapid literature review on disaster risk financing (DRF) and public finance is part of a COVID-19 series of publications from Maintains. It draws on literature from DRF and public financial management (PFM) to provide a snapshot of the current state of research on the impact of health shocks on low and middle income countries. Authored by Felix Lung, Maintains Global DRF Advisor and Learning Lead.

A health worker at the border. Credit: Anna Dubuis/DFID
A health worker at the border.
Credit: Anna Dubuis/DFID
Oxford Policy Management
UKAid
Back to top