Save the Children’s COMPASS is a platform for storing standardized programming guidelines, including six related to COVID-19:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Preventative measures at the community level
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Case management at the community level
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Case management at the facility level
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Sexual and reproductive health
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Risk communication and community engagement (developed by READY)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Mental health and psychosocial support

The COMPASS platform has an associated app that allows offline access to modules, making it accessible to practitioners in locations with unreliable access (or no access) to the Internet.

WHO has an extensive collection of resources related to the COVID-2019 outbreak. In addition to information for the public about protective measures, questions and answers, travel advice, and daily situation reports, there is a wealth of specific technical and research information:

The Global Health Network has a “pop-up” knowledge hub at  As the GHN notes, “During emerging outbreaks it is vital to learn as much as possible to generate evidence on best practice for prevention, diagnosis and treatment and to facilitate effective preparedness and response for future outbreaks.” This up-to-the-minute collection includes a resource dashboard, WHO resources, regional response information, research findings, news, management and treatment, and surveillance.


EPI-WIN: “A key component of epidemic and pandemic preparedness is ensuring systems are in place for real-time information to flow from a trusted source to the people at risk.”

The World Health Organization’s “EPI-WIN” (WHO Information Network for Epidemics)  system puts reliable information at the world’s fingertips, fighting myth and misinformation that can contribute to panic and put lives in danger. The network covers common myths; information for health workers; effects on travel and tourism; and tailored advice for the general public, businesses and employers, and WHO member states.


Though developed for influenza, this online library has broad applicability to COVID-19, as both are respiratory illnesses and have similar transmission properties. Developed to help inform Save the Children staff and offices about Influenza and Pandemic Threats, the collection is posted here to make this information more accessible to peer agencies.

Link: Influenza & Pandemic Threats (including Novel Coronavirus)

Guidance for expectant and new parents in the context of COVID-19 is still developing (for example, it is not yet known whether COVID-19 can be transmitted through breast milk), but these are concise interim resources.

This manual (which pre-dates the emergence of COVID-19) “provides concise knowledge on 15 infectious diseases that have the potential to become international threats, and tips on how to respond to each of them.”

LINK: Managing epidemics: Key facts about major deadly diseases (WHO)

The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) has created a public COVID-19 case tracker, drawing together data from the World Health Organization (WHO), (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC), and NHC, and (Chinese: 丁香园; pinyin: DīngXiāngYuán, an online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies, and health care facilities. The data behind the visualization is available in a GitHub repository, available to the public for download.

A community-friendly resource developed by the Hong Kong Red Cross, this potential patient handout/booklet/poster provides “dos and don’ts” that support mental and emotional wellbeing during an outbreak.

Link: Psychological Coping During Disease Outbreak

This briefing note from IFRC provides background knowledge on the MHPSS aspects related to COVID-19 and suggests MHPSS activities that can be implemented. These messages can be helpful for those in contact with patients or relatives and those who feel the strain of working and living during the pandemic. The briefing is for those working in any capacity with people affected by COVID-19 and for MHPSS responders who implement activities and interventions for anyone affected.

Link: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Staff, Volunteers and Communities in an Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus