READY is collecting stories about integration during major outbreaks in humanitarian settings—teams, sectors, and programs working together to holistically address the needs of communities during an outbreak. For example:
- In Bangladesh, Health and Protection sectors coordinated to ensure “Child Carers” were identified in each COVID-19 Isolation Treatment Center to provide basic psychosocial support and ensure safe discharge of children.
- In an Ethiopia Emergency Food Security Program, cash-transfer beneficiaries are also being enrolled in community health insurance to help them access health services.
- Many countries have established national OneHealth coordination platforms with defined activities and emergency operations protocols. Cameroon rapidly mobilized a multi-sectoral team for investigating a monkeypox outbreak in chimpanzees.
READY is creating a digital library of stories developed and narrated by humanitarian personnel from various backgrounds and organizations. We aim to highlight the real-world application of integrated humanitarian activities during an outbreak, to discover trends, successes, and challenges—and ultimately, to inspire others in the sector to work in a more cohesive, collaborative manner.