March 16, 2020

The following page lists a number of useful online resources, including dashboards from our World in Data, John Hopkins University, and ongoing situation reports from the The World Health Organizaiton. It is intended as a resource for health workers working overseas.

Guide to Menstrual Cycles & Mental Health

Guide about the importance of self-care and mental health awareness during periods. 

View it here: 

HSE Vaccine Approach for Vulnerable Groups in Ireland

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald & Jane-Ann McKenna – National Social Inclusion Office
3rd March 2021

Download the Report here


Challenges, Guidance, and Support for International Students during COVID-19

This document is a useful guide  for International Students coming to UK Universities during the COVID-19 pademic.

The document covers:

  • A summary of the education sector’s response to COVID-19 and the impact it’s had on students – such as their mental health, which 83% of young people said has declined since the outbreak.
  • How admission requirements and visa extensions are being handled according to the latest guidelines from Ofqual and the Home Office.
  • What changes can be expected in the future – such as 97% of universities aiming to provide in-person learning once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
  • FAQ section, which addresses some of the most common concerns that international students might have. 

Access the full guide here. 

WHO: Operational guidance for maintaining essential health services during an outbreak

“When health systems are overwhelmed, both direct mortality from an outbreak and indirect mortality from vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically. Countries will need to make difficult decisions to balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while simultaneously engaging in strategic planning and coordinated action to maintain essential health service delivery, mitigating the risk of system collapse.

This document expands on the content of the Operational planning guidelines to support country preparedness and response, and provides guidance on a set of targeted immediate actions that countries should consider at national, regional, and local level to reorganize and maintain access to high-quality essential health services for all.”


JAMA Article: Public Health Measures and the Reproduction Number of SARS-CoV-2

This article published by JAMA this month outlines the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, and summarises several journal articles covering the reproductive rate of the virus in various countries.


Religious Response World-wide: WEF

“Islam, Judaism and Christianity come together over COVID-19”

To slow the spread of the virus, Faith Leaders of Religions from all over the world taken to media, email and radio to conduct daily prayers and worship, mobilize individual volunteers to serve the elderly and at risk.

They have engaged in discussions surrounding personal well-being and found new ways to communicate to our communities the importance of listening to the safety guidelines promoted by governments and the World Health Organization (WHO).


UN Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health

13 May 2020

“Although the COVID-19 crisis is, in the first instance, a physical health crisis, it  as the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well, if action is not taken. Good mental health is critical to the functioning of society at the best of times. It must be front and centre of every country’s response to and recovery from the
COVID-19 pandemic. The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently.”


“The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them”: Professor Erin Bromage

Comparative Immunologist and Professor of Biology (specializing in Immunology), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

As part of her blog, Professor Erin Bromage has posted guidelines on the risk factors for COVID-19 from the American perspective and how to mitigate risk of contracting it.


Access to COVID-19 Tools (act) Accelerator

A Global Collaboration between BMGF; CEPI; Gavi; Global Fund; UNITAID; Wellcome Trust; WHO; private sector partners & other stakeholders; to Accelerate the Development, Production and Equitable Access to New COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.


WHO: Addressing Human Rights as Key to the COVID-19 Response

This document brings to attention key health and human rights considerations with regards to COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the importance of integrating a human rights based approach in response to COVID-19. It provides key considerations in relation to addressing stigma and discrimination, prevention of violence against women, support for vulnerable populations; quarantine and restrictive measures and shortages of supplies and equipment. It also highlights human rights obligations with regards to global cooperation to address COVID-19.


UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19

This report sets out the framework for the United Nations’ urgent socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19, putting in practice the UN Secretary-General’s Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity report. It is one of three critical components of the UN’s efforts to save lives, protect people, and rebuild better, alongside the health response, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the humanitarian response, as detailed in the UN-led COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.


Attention field workers and humanitarian project managers!

The Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action is collecting experiences from the field on humanitarian programmes that have been adapted or specifically designed due to COVID-19, to gain insight on what is happening, what is needed, and to help inform the newly launched website.

Contact [email protected] for further information on completing a short interview. We would be most grateful for your input. 

Clinical Trials & Disaggregated Data

Joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures

“The joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures, presented by the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council, responds to the European Council Members’ call for an exit strategy that is coordinated with Member States and that will prepare the ground for a comprehensive recovery plan and unprecedented investment.”


Access to Medicines Online Conference Resources

The annual Access to Medicines conference was originally planned as a full day, live event in the RCSI Dublin on World Health Day, 7th April 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the live event has been rescheduled for later in 2020, date TBC. 
Instead, this Tuesday the 7th of April, AMI conducted a three-hour online Conference, which was attended by 289 live attendees, along with 21 attendees watching the youtube livestream. Below is a selection of media updates,OpEds etc. in response to the online conference.

Access to Medicines 07/04/2020 Full Youtube Live stream

AMI Key Correspondent Pieces

Ashley Scott, IGHN KC – AMI Live Web Conference 2020 – Speaker Summaries

Ellen Corby, IGHN – “We need to put health before profits, access before patents, transparency of price before trade secrets…” – An overview of Access to Medicine’s Live Conference 2020

Radio/Podcast Pieces

Radio Kerry – Profit Can’t be Put Before Patients – April 8th, 2020

News Articles/ OpEds: 

Irish Times – “Coronavirus: Vaccines need scientific scrutiny despite global rush, warns expert”

The Times – “Governments must act to ensure vaccines are available to all”

The Echo – “COVID-19 vaccine at least 18 months away but other drugs hold promise”


Stigma and Discrimination

COVID-19: Spread Solidarity and love, not fear and stigma

A guide published by Nadine Ferris France from IGHN contains pertinent information around stigma and discrimination during this novel pandemic. 

Stigma, including self-stigma is like a deadly virus and it can kill. It is pervasive and it’s also universal. This guide contains information on what stigma and self-stigma can lead to and how we can communicate and share on social media. 

” When this is all over, do you want to look back and see yourself as someone who coped well, worked to help others, to be compassionate and kind, or do you want to look back and see how you contributed to the suffering by spreading fear and stigma?”

The Survival Rates for COVID patients ending up on ventilators

We have analysed a few studies and have attached the document below. 

Overall the results were difficult to interpret overall. The numbers are small and results are incomplete as they did not include patients who are still in ICU.  Furthermore not all those in ICU received mechanical ventilation.

 China study studies are not that informative.  The UK may be the closest to the true picture (about 50% survival) but they are still early findings.    

We have made the following comments below:

  • Hospitals should prioritise patients with the best chance of survival as coronavirus overwhelms the health service, even where families disagree.  This is Medical Council advice to doctors in Ireland: “In making decisions based on the principle of prioritising the use of scarce resources to treat those patients most likely to survive, more lives are likely to be preserved,” it has said.  This appraisal of the potential benefits a treatment might provide to different patient “lies within the scope of experienced intensive care medicine doctors”.  However, “patients, families or allied may sometime hold different views”.  Allocation of “finite” healthcare resources in a way that is equitable and just “will present difficult choices”. “Doctors have a duty to use resources prudently and fairly, to produce the most benefits possible for individuals served by those interventions.”  This applies particularly to intensive care.
  • Survival rates of those admitted to intensive care will be in worse in hospitals which do not normally provide this service.  Use of current or additional ventilators depends on having skilled staff who are trained to use them.  It follows that survival in LICs is likely to be much lower than HICs.
  • Patients may remain on ventilators for many days and this reduces availability for others.  This is another reason only to put those on ventilators who are likely to survive.
  • A more fundamental decision is not to admit those to hospital in the first place if they are unlikely to benefit.  This can help avoid a difficult decision on whether to ventilate after admission.


Social/Behavioural Science and COVID-19

    • “Using behavioural science to help fight the coronavirus”
      This ESRI article summarises useful evidence from behavioural science for fighting the COVID-19 outbreak, based on an extensive literature search of relevant behavioural interventions and studies of crises. 
    • “Social Science in Humanitarian Action”
      This document sets out practical considerations relating to flows of information, misinformation and disinformation though online media, particularly social media networks, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It details various types of online media, key players and influencers on social media, and strategies for ensuring good information and disrupting mis- and disinformation.
    • “COVID-19 – the social science response to the pandemic”
      This article covers the anthropological response to COVID-19, along with lessons learnt from Ebola and SARS, the importance of pandemic responses from the ‘bottom-up’, the impacts on people in slums and informal settlements, and exploring the impact of the virus on religious practices.
    • “Our Most Vulnerable Communities Face Big Challenges In Quarantine”
      This is a podcast all about community support and coping strategies, and protecting those most at risk during this time. 
    • “COVID-19 – a social phenomenon requiring diverse expertise”
      This article explores the social responses to COVID-19, and the inequalities and anxieties, discrimination and division; and also solidarities and collective action that the pandemic is creating.
    • Self Isolation Helpers Website
      This temporary website was created to support the community as people adjust to COVID-19, highlighting how individuals, organisations and businesses are all doing their bit to help with what is, for many, a difficult time.


Women in Global Health launch COVID 50/50

This campaign is for a stronger and more equitable COVID response. The campaign support advocacy efforts and the community in the fight for a gender-sensitive pandemic response.
7 ways to join the effort towards a stronger pandemic response:
  1. Spread the word
  2. Share on social using #COVID5050
  3. Join our Facebook community. 
  4. Partner with us
  5.  Subscribe to our newsletter — and tell your friends.
  6. Participate in Crowdsourcing information on gender
  7.  Donate your time


European Commission Coordinates Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

The European Commission is coordinating a common European response  to the outbreak of COVID-19. They are taking resolute action to reinforce our public health sectors and mitigate the socio-economic impact in the European Union. The commission is are mobilising all means at their disposal to help Member States coordinate their national responses and are providing objective information about the spread of the virus and effective efforts to contain it. 

President von der Leyen has established a Coronavirus response team at political level to coordinate the response to the pandemic

During these times of crisis, across the European Union, countries, regions and cities are stretching out a helping hand to neighbours and assistance is given to those most in need: donations of protective equipment such as masks, cross-border treatments of ill patients and bringing stranded citizens home. This is European solidarity at its best.


Science Foundation Ireland Build Research Resource to Meet Demands of the COVID-19 Crisis

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is working together with Government Departments and other agencies (IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Health Research Board, Irish Research Council and others), and the wider research and innovation community to ensure a coordinated and meaningful contribution to solving some of the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Here is their Five Point Plan, SFI’s contribution to the Irish Government’s National Action Plan in response to COVID-19, outlining key activities where SFI believe the research community can make a positive impact.


COVID-19 Research Round-Up by IGHN


European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 Publications

HSE Resources

HSE Advice and Guidance for Healthcare workers

Assessment and testing pathways (formerly risk assessment algorithms)
Clinical management for novel coronavirus
Contact tracing guidance
GP Primary Care Setting guidance
Infection Prevention and Control guidance
Laboratory Testing guidance
Occupational Health guidance
Pharmacy guidance
Pregnant and post partum period guidance
Primary Care guidance
Self isolation at home

HSE Approved Guidance for Disability Services

Developed by the HSE in collaboration with service providers in the voluntary sector. They have been approved by the HSE’s Vulnerable Person’s Group.

Some of the guidance includes:


COVID-19 Partner Pack 

This online digital partner pack contains:

  • The most up to date posters on Coronavirus COVID-19
  • Videos that you can share and display
  • Leaflets, social media assets and more
  • New Youtube information source video here

Find out more here


The Department of Health and the HSE, in collaboration with key cross-Government and cross-sectoral partners, have been developing a mental wellbeing campaign.


Visualisation of COVID-19

COVID-19 Visualizer

This website was developed by Navid Mamoon and Gabriel Rasskin, two students at Carnegie Mellon University.

This project provides an interactive way to visualize the impact of COVID-19: the active cases, recoveries and deaths in each country to date.  

The data is from Worldometer’s real-time updates, utilizing reliable sources from around the world. The TODAY cases/deaths are based on GMT (+0).

Find the website here

Evidence Aid Resources

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is leading to a rapidly expanding and evolving literature.
Evidence Aid is preparing summaries of relevant research at this link as they become available

“COVID-19 and Sustainable Healthcare Systems”

OpEd by Lorcan Clarke for Evidence Aid

WHO Technical Guidance Documents/Tools

Handbook for public health capacity-building at ground crossings and cross-border collaboration

This handbook follows a comprehensive approach to health system strengthening at borders in order to support IHR national focal points and other national agencies in developing and implementing evidence-based action plans for IHR capacity development at ground crossings. The approach includes the movement of travellers and baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, goods and postal parcels across ground crossings, as well as the interaction with adjacent border communities. Other factors can be considered, if needed, throughout the risk assessment.

Critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19:

This document describes the preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19 for each transmission scenario.
Countries should prepare to respond to different public health scenarios, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing cases and outbreaks of COVID-19. Each country should assess its risk and rapidly implement the necessary measures at the appropriate scale to reduce both COVID-19 transmission and economic, public and social impacts.

Responding to community spread of COVID-19:

This document provides technical guidance for government authorities, health workers, and other key stakeholders to guide response to community spread. It will be updated as new information or technical guidance become available. For countries that are already preparing or responding, this document can also serve as a checklist to identify any remaining gaps.

Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Action Plan Guidance COVID-19 Preparedness and Response:

This tool is designed to support risk communication, community engagement staff and responders working with national health authorities, and other partners to develop, implement and monitor an effective action plan for communicating effectively with the public, engaging with communities, local partners and other stakeholders, helping to prepare and protect individuals, families and the public’s health during early response to COVID-19.

Disease commodity package – Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) 

World Travel Restrictions

United Nations World Food Programme – Emergency Division

View Dashboard


Worldwide Coronavirus Trackers


Lists Coronavirus cases and deaths total and by county, along with trend tracking Tracker

This website displays worldwide COVID-19 infection rate, death, recoveries and those who are in critical condition in every country. It also measures the number of daily new infection worldwide. 

Trend Tracker – Johns Hopkins

Updated daily with global cases and tracks trends worldwide

CDC COVID-19 Youtube Series

The Centre for Disease Control have produced video content for the general public as well as healthcare practitioner. We would like to recommend and highlight two videos from this youtube series

1.  Update for Rural Partners and Communities on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response

HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan provided introductory remarks and an update. Dr. Jay Butler shared guidance with partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others working to protect the health of rural communities. He described what CDC knows at this point and responded to questions.

2Private Sector Call: Update on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Dr. Butler shared guidance for the private sector, including what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak.



The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes a dashboard similar to that of Johns Hopkins above available here.


DASHBOARD: Johns Hopkins data on COVID-19

The dashboard embedded here is published and hosted by researchers at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. It shows the number and location of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths, and recoveries in all affected countries.


  • EvidenceAid COVID-19 Collection: Evidence Aid has compiled a list of reliable resources about COVID-19 in addition to multiple translation. There is 4 main categories:
    1. Clinical characterisation and management
    2. Health System and services
    3. Infection prevention and control, including health care worker’s protection
    4. Public health interventions


  • Science Foundation Ireland: (FI is working together with Government Departments and other agencies (IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Health Research Board, Irish Research Council and others), and the wider research and innovation community to ensure a coordinated and meaningful contribution to solving some of the challenges presented by COVID-19.
    Here is their Five Point Plan, SFI’s contribution to the Irish Government’s National Action Plan in response to COVID-19, outlining key activities where SFI believe the research community can make a positive impact.
  •  Health Service Executive – This online resource produce a digital partner pack which can be downloaded via the link here.This pack contains the most up-to-date posters on Coronavirus COVID-19, videos,leaflets, social media assets and more. There is also a video on social distancing here   
  • COVID-19 in Europe: The Italian Lesson – This lancet journal shows the projection of cases if European countries fail to learn from Italy and not adopt very restrictive measures to limit viral diffusion, ensure appropriate health-system response
  • Using the behavioural science to help fight coronavirus – This ESRI article summarises useful evidence from behavioural science for fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. It is based on an extensive literature search of relevant behavioural interventions and studies of crises. The findings aim to be useful not only to government and public authorities, but to organisations, workplaces and households. 


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