Guide to Menstrual Cycles & Mental Health
Guide about the importance of self-care and mental health awareness during periods.
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 about the importance of self-care and mental health awareness during periods.
Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald & Jane-Ann McKenna – National Social Inclusion Office
3rd March 2021
This document is a useful guide for International Students coming to UK Universities during the COVID-19 pademic.
The document covers:
“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.”
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre
New York Times
“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.”
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.
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?”
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:
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 (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.
Social distancing is an action taken to minimise contact with other individuals; this document builds upon existing ECDC COVID-19 response documents.
• 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
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:
This online digital partner pack contains:
The Department of Health and the HSE, in collaboration with key cross-Government and cross-sectoral partners, have been developing a mental wellbeing campaign.
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).
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.
OpEd by Lorcan Clarke for Evidence Aid
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.
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.
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.
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.
United Nations World Food Programme – Emergency Division
Lists Coronavirus cases and deaths total and by county, along with trend tracking
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.
Updated daily with global cases and tracks trends worldwide
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
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.
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 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.