Communities in Humanitarian Settings:
COVID-19 Micro-Trainings

Welcome to READY’s Communities in Humanitarian Settings: COVID-19 Micro-Trainings! The goal of the training package is to improve the capacity of NGOs to implement community-centered COVID-19 pandemic response approaches in humanitarian settings and increase awareness of how such approaches impact the overall response. Across three modules focusing on different components of a community-level response—risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), infection prevention and control (IPC) and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and community health programming (CHP)—this training will address the challenges of a community-centered COVID-19 response approach, and provide practical tools and solutions grounded in the experiences of current COVID-19 response actors across the globe.

Getting Started

    1.  Register on READY’s discussion forum

    2.  Watch the “Welcome to this Training Series” and “Community-Centered Approaches” videos below (the how-to video is optional)

    3.  Begin learning with Module 1: Risk Communication and Community Engagement

For the best user experience, we recommend viewing these training materials on a desktop or laptop computer. Some features may be challenging to use on a smartphone or tablet.

Welcome to this Training Series!

This video welcomes participants to this training series, explains the approach and the training timeline, and introduces participants to the instructors.

Community-Centered Approaches

This video explains why READY has chosen a community-centered approach, highlighted throughout each of the three training modules.

How-To: Video Walkthrough

This optional introductory video shows how to use the READY COVID-19 Micro-Trainings.

Learning Pathway / Module 1: Risk Communication and Community Engagement

This page shows an overview of the learning pathway for this module. The complete pathway includes Foundational sessions, Expert Interviews, a live “Applying Your Knowledge” session (only available to registered learners), and additional learning materials. You may click through the videos below (use the dots at right to swipe through), or view all module materials from the Risk Communication and Community Engagement module page.

Step 1: RCCE Foundational Sessions

These sessions provide an introduction to Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) concepts, building a program model, principles for community engagement, a step-by-step process for engaging a community in an RCCE response, using community feedback mechanisms to track rumors and misinformation, rapid survey design, and using data to adapt program messaging. (7 sessions)

Step 2: RCCE Expert Interviews

These interviews highlight real-life programmatic application of RCCE concepts. Research experts and program delivery staff give concrete, experience-based examples of RCCE implementation. (7 interviews)

Step 3: Live: Applying your Knowledge

For registered participants, the training will conclude with a live, interactive session, where participants will join facilitators over Zoom to review training concepts and apply them to their own work. The session will focus on adapting and strengthening NGO COVID-19 response plans and operations by modifying and integrating RCCE, WASH, and CHP community-based approaches. Upon completion of this session, participants will be equipped to apply the knowledge from this training to their work in the COVID-19 response.

Participants will receive an email from READY with scheduling information.

Learning Pathway / Module 2: Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and WASH

This page shows an overview of the learning pathway for this module. The complete pathway includes Foundational sessions, Expert Interviews, a live “Applying Your Knowledge” session (only available to registered learners), and additional learning materials. You may click through the videos below (use the dots at right to swipe through), or view all module materials from the IPC and WASH module page.

Step 1: IPC and WASH Foundational Sessions

These sessions provide an introduction to IPC and WASH concepts; their application to COVID-19 contexts, including points of entry, schools, and humanitarian emergency settings; and the use of behavior centered design. (5 sessions)

Step 2: IPC and WASH Expert Interviews

These interviews highlight real-life programmatic application of IPC and WASH concepts. Technical experts and program delivery staff give concrete, experience-based examples of IPC and WASH implementation. (6 interviews)

Step 3: Live: Applying your Knowledge

For registered participants, the training will conclude with a live, interactive session, where participants will join facilitators over Zoom to review training concepts and apply them to their own work. The session will focus on adapting and strengthening NGO COVID-19 response plans and operations by modifying and integrating RCCE, WASH, and CHP community-based approaches. Upon completion of this session, participants will be equipped to apply the knowledge from this training to their work in the COVID-19 response.

Participants will receive an email from READY with scheduling information.

Learning Pathway / Module 3: Community Health Programming

This page shows an overview of the learning pathway for this module. The complete pathway includes Foundational sessions, Expert Interviews, a live “Applying Your Knowledge” session (only available to registered learners), and additional learning materials. You may click through the videos below (use the dots at right to swipe through), or view all module materials from the Community Health Programming module page.

Step 1: CHP Foundational Sessions

These sessions provide an introduction to Community Health Programming concepts and how to adapt them to the exigencies of COVID-19, including prioritizing essential health services, the role of Community Health Workers, and caring for particularly vulnerable and high-risk groups. (5 sessions)

Step 2: CHP Expert Interviews

These interviews highlight real-life programmatic application of Community Health Programming concepts. Technical experts and program delivery staff give concrete, experience-based examples of CHP implementation. (3 interviews)

Step 3: Live: Applying your Knowledge

For registered participants, the training will conclude with a live, interactive session, where participants will join facilitators over Zoom to review training concepts and apply them to their own work. The session will focus on adapting and strengthening NGO COVID-19 response plans and operations by modifying and integrating RCCE, WASH, and CHP community-based approaches. Upon completion of this session, participants will be equipped to apply the knowledge from this training to their work in the COVID-19 response.

Participants will receive an email from READY with scheduling information.

If you are a registered participant of READY’s Communities in Humanitarian Settings: COVID-19 Micro-training, contact READY or check your email to know when your online session is scheduled.

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To download presentations in .pdf format or to participate in discussions about this training series, visit READY’s discussion forums (free registration required).

Module 1: Risk Communication and Community Engagement

Additional training opportunities

  • COMPASS COVID-19 modules (Save the Children UK): COMPASS is an online and mobile-optimized platform for standardized programming guidelines, and includes six new modules relating to COVID-19. While not designed specifically for the Communities in Humanitarian Settings: COVID-19 Micro-Trainings, these COMPASS modules complement the information provided here, and may assist you in your COVID-19 response programming.
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Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Save the Children, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK Med, EcoHealth Alliance, Mercy Malaysia

This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). READY is led by Save the Children in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK-Med, EcoHealth Alliance, and Mercy Malaysia. Site contents are the responsibility of READY and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.