WHO Technical Guidance Documents/Tools

March 30, 2020

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) 


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