Highlighted resources and curated collections for COVID-19 readiness and response

Highlighted Resources

Timely, relevant reports and lessons learned from COVID-19  readiness and response activities, hand-selected by READY staff

Curated Collections

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a flood of information, with a wide array of operational and programmatic tools and guidance. The websites, organizations, and interagency groups below gather key COVID-19 information and curate it into usable collections and modules—helping people find what they need and avoid information overload.

Kaya Connect: COVID-19 Learning Pathway and Resource Library

Kaya Connect’s COVID-19 Learning Pathway aims to equip humanitarians, including local responders, with the knowledge they need to respond effectively to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The pathway includes:

  • Online technical capacity strengthening programs covering critical topics such as Public Health, Child Protection, and Gender/Equality.
  • Online soft skills and remote working capacity strengthening programs.
  • A library of key downloadable resources relating to working in the context of COVID-19, including sectoral guidelines, remote working guides, and resilience support.

The learning pathway is open to the public; free registration is required.

COVID-19 Pandemic Hub (WHO)

WHO has an extensive collection of resources related to the pandemic. 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 for audiences from facility-level healthcare workers and managers to national-level policy makers.

  • The Technical Guidance collection includes a national capacities review tool, risk communication and community engagement materials, surveillance and case definition guidance, and more.
  • The Global Research collection includes links to current news articles and a searchable database of research publications.

Read more individual guidance documents, courses, and recommendations after the jump, or go directly to the WHO COVID-19 Pandemic Hub.

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Global Health Network: Coronavirus Knowledge Hub

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: Information Network for Epidemics (WHO)

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.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Resources (UNICEF and CDC)

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.

RCCE Toolkit

First published in May 2020, READY’s COVID-19 Risk Communication and Community Engagement Toolkit (“RCCE Toolkit”) offers non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other humanitarian response actors a suite of guidance and tools they can use to rapidly plan and integrate Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) into their COVID-19 response.

Wellbeing in Infectious Disease Outbreaks (Save the Children UK)

This collection of short videos (only 3–4 minutes each) is intended to support staff, managers, and people in areas with infectious disease outbreaks. Video topics include “Wellbeing for Staff”, “Wellbeing for Managers,” “Wellbeing, Burnout, and Resilience,” and “Psychosocial Support.”

COMPASS Modular Programming Guidelines (Save the Children)

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.

COVID-19 Communication Network

The COVID-19 Communication Network (CCN) curates high-quality communication materials, tools, and resources from global partners to address the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. A project of READY consortium member the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, the CCN is intended primarily for social and behavior change (SBC) and risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) professionals, but is available to anyone in need of COVID-19 communication materials. Read more

Influenza and Pandemic Threats Library (Save the Children)

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)

Case Tracker: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

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.