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NEWSLETTER #29
14 June 2021
 
   UPCOMING WEBINARS & EVENTS 

 WHO  
Wednesday 16 June
14:00 CET
How to care for a COVID-19 patient at home

Join WHO experts from the COVID-19 Clinical Management and Infection, Prevention and Control teams, on this webinar as they present WHO guidance on how to care for a COVID-19 patient at home.

 
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 WHO  
Tuesday 15 June
12:00 CET
COVID-19 Vaccination: Building Global Capacity

The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator’s, Country Readiness and Delivery (CRD) workstream, Project ECHOBoostTechNet-21, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Project invite you to join a series of video-conference-based capacity-building webinars. The sessions have provided an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions and share lessons learned on key aspects of COVID-19 vaccine introduction and administration. The COVID-19 Vaccination: Building Global Capacity Webinar Series built from and expanded beyond the existing OpenWHO COVID-19 vaccine trainings.

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 Dublin City University  
Wednesday 23 June
20:30 CET
Communicating COVID-19 – Trials, Challenges and Lessons

Science and health communication has emerged as a powerful tool during the COVID-19 global crisis by serving as a bridge between researchers and the public to promote science understanding, avoid hazards and navigate risks. The COVID-19 crisis has presented health authorities worldwide with complicated challenges, no easy answers and tough trade-offs with tough decisions about communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.

But more than a year into COVID-19, it’s time to take stock and ask ourselves - what have we learned about the importance of communicating in a global pandemic? And who better to answer this question than world-renowned key players in disseminating information worldwide throughout COVID-19.

 
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DATA & RESEARCH

 The Lancet  
Bottom-up citizen engagement for health emergency and disaster risk management: directions since COVID-19 

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how syndemics and protracted crises increase the vulnerability of communities facing concurrent, cascading risks and complex secondary events that aggravate health risks and underlying burdens of infectious and non-communicable diseases. Epidemics start and end in communities, where citizens are often the first to observe changes in the environment and in animal health, and the first to be exposed to new or re-emerging pathogens. Local stakeholders have crucial roles in the prevention and control of disease transmission, and frequently develop systems of appropriate health and social care based on local knowledge. However, current approaches to disaster risk management often do not sufficiently recognise and engage community expertise.

Read the full report here


 Community Health Impact  
The Effectiveness of an Integrated Rural Health Care Intervention During the COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Siaya, Kenya: A Prospective Quasi-Experimental Study

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has had broad consequences on health outcomes with significant morbidity and mortality. Rural health systems face more challenges in the availability of a workforce, adequate infrastructure and equipment. This study assesses the health system in Siaya at the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and designs an integrated intervention to maximize the prevention of COVID-19 cases and optimize case management at community and health facility levels.

Read the case study here.


 Community Health Impact Coalition  
Leveraging latent assets to strengthen the COVID-19 response and vaccine roll-out in Africa

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa have faced challenges in COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, including the lack of infrastructure needed to maintain cold chains, inadequate vaccine supplies, growing vaccine hesitancy and the lack of funding. Based on experiences in Siaya, Kenya, this article comments on the significant contributions of CHWs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full article here.


 BMJ Global Health  
Vaccine safety in the next decade: why we need new modes of trust-building

Vaccine Confidence Project data indicate that public confidence in vaccine safety is consistently lower than overall confidence in the importance of vaccines. The rise of internet-mediated communication has had a significant impact on how fast public safety concerns can spread, especially when videos and even text sent through social media can provoke heightened emotions. While some of the public concerns and anxieties about vaccine safety are driven by rumours and misinformation, vaccines do have small risks. When trust in government, in local health systems, or in international stakeholders is weak, perceptions of even the smallest risks are amplified. To better anticipate and address rapidly shared vaccine safety concerns, efforts such as the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Vaccine Safety Net (VSN) initiative are working to increase awareness about vaccines and to build confidence in vaccines. This article reviews vaccine safety issues and efforts.

Read the full article here.

 RESOURCES 
 Vaccines 

 WHO  

Science in 5: Vaccines and children

Why does WHO recommend that at this time, in June 2021, vaccinating children is not a priority? When should their vaccination be prioritized? How would safety of these vaccines be ensured? 

WHO’s Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan explains in Science in 5.


 John Hopkins School of Public Health  
COVID-19 Vaccine portal on the COVID-19 Communication Network

Visit the COVID-19 Communication Network Portal for the latest resources on COVID-19 Vaccines

 

 
 Collective Service  
Operational guide for engaging communities in contact tracing

Contact tracing is a key component of public health response to infectious disease outbreaks. The purpose of this guidance is to reinforce the place of community engagement and participation in the contact tracing process. The guidance and related products articulate best practice principles for community engagement and how they can be operationalized as part of any community-centred contact tracing strategy. The material provided can stand on its own or be used to complement other documents that support strategies, implementation plans or training and capacity building modules. 

Access the full guide here.


 WHO  
Voice, agency, empowerment. Handbook on social participation for universal health coverage

Engaged and empowered communities are one of the best defences against health threats. How can countries strengthen social participation? See WHO's new handbook for tools to encourage meaningful participation.

Read the full handbook here.

 OPPORTUNITIES 
 Alliance for Advancing Health Online  
Call for proposals: Vaccine Confidence Fund

Deadline for proposals: 6 August 2021

The Alliance for Advancing Health Online is excited to launch the VACCINE CONFIDENCE FUND and a request for proposals (RFP) to support targeted research on how best to use social media and online platforms to better understand and increase vaccination confidence and uptake. 

With more and more communities relying on social media as a significant source of information related to COVID-19 vaccines and the scale of these digital and online platforms, it is vital that we better understand the role these platforms can play and effectively harness their capabilities to increase vaccination confidence and contribute to vaccine decision-making. The Fund is focused on supporting research on ways to more effectively increase vaccination confidence, particularly among historically marginalized or excluded communities globally. 

Learn more 


 Collective Service  
Collective Service Vacancy: Global Coordinator, Risk Communication and Community Engagement

Deadline for application: 16 June 2021

The Global Coordinator, Risk communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) - Collective Service is a global interagency role responsible for the coordination of Risk Communication, Community Engagement and Accountability. They will have an IFRC reporting line and technical reporting line to the Steering Group of the Collective Service. He/She leads an Interagency Secretariat team with Social Science. Information Management and Risk Communication capacity.


 Internews 
Internews Vacancies: Rooted in Trust project

Internews is set to re-launch the Rooted in Trust project next month as a longer project with 10 countries. They have a lot of positions being advertising over the coming months for roles in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, DRC, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Colombia, and Brazil. Most positions will start in mid-late July.

 

RCCE Collective Service

The Risk Communication and Community Engagement Collective Service is a collaborative partnership between the IFRC, UNICEF, WHO, with support from GOARN and key stakeholders from the public health and humanitarian sectors. The aims of the collective service are to strengthen RCCE coordination and practice, providing support at national, regional and global levels to adopt community-centred approaches in response to COVID-19 and beyond. You can learn more about the Collective Service here. For more information about our terms and services, visit the RCCE Collective Service website.

GLOBAL
Ombretta Baggio -  ombretta.baggio@ifrc.org  
Carla Daher  -  cdaher@unicef.org
Brian Riley  -  rileyb@who.int
Sameera Suri - suris@who.int
Alexandra Sicotte Levesque - alexandra.sicottelevesque@ifrc.org

REGIONS

West and Central Africa : Gaoussou Nabaloum - gnabaloum@unicef.org
East and Southern Africa - Yvonne Kabagire - yvonne.kabagire@ifrc.org 
Middle East and North Africa: Amaya Gillespie - agillespie@unicef.org  
Asia Pacific: Ljubica Latinovic - latinovicl@who.int 
Europe: Cristiana Salvi - salvic@who.int 
Americas: Veronique Durroux - durroux@un.org and Humberto Jaime - hjaime@unicef.org
 
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This Newsletter has been curated by WHO, UNICEF, IFRC and GOARN on behalf of the Collective Service partners in an attempt to ensure the COVID 19 RCCE response community remains informed, updated and achieves impact. If you have updates, resources, events and research that you would like to see in the weekly newsletter, please submit the information to us by the end-of-day each Friday. You can send your inputs to suris@who.int  

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