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COVID-19: Resources for people working in the HIV sector

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In addition to our COVID-19 pages for the public, we’ve compiled a list of useful resources, for people working in the HIV response globally.

Below are links to accurate and timely resources from trusted organisations which will be reviewed and updated regularly.


COVID-19 science and guidance

COVID-19 and HIV

Communicating about COVID-19

Resources for community health and peer support

COVID-19 in Africa

Tracking and surveillance

COVID-19 science and guidance

All the latest global updates from World Health Organization (WHO).

Up-to-date information and public guidance from the WHO can also be accessed on WhatsApp. You can click on the link to open a conversation or send a WhatsApp message saying ‘hi’ to +41 79 893 18 92.

The Lancet has created a Coronavirus Resource Centre aimed at health workers and researchers working to end the COVID-19 outbreak.

The New England Journal of Medicine offers a growing collection of articles and other resources on the Covid-19 outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.

The Institute of Development Studies compiles regular health evidence summaries on COVID-19 aimed primarily at policy makers.

COVID-19 and HIV

Guidance, health advice and FAQs on COVID-19 for people living with HIV

COVID-19 and key populations at risk of HIV

‘Strategic Considerations for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Key Population-Focused HIV Programs’ by USAID and PEPFAR (opens as PDF)

PrEP and COVID-19 tips and tricks from Prepster offering advice on PrEP and related issues

UN Secretary-General’s policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on women

Guidance on COVID-19 and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for people who use drugs and people in prisons from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDC)

‘Public health messaging and harm reduction during COVID’ published in The Lancet

‘COVID-19 responses must uphold and protect the human rights of sex workers’, news story by UNAIDS and joint statement from UNAIDS and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)

‘What does coronavirus (COVID-19) mean in regard to chemsex?’ What messages should we be giving to patients, clients, friends and communities who engage in chemsex by David Stuart

Programmatic response

'Maintaining HIV care during the COVID-19 pandemic' published by The Lancet

PEPFAR’s 'HIV Response in the Context of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)'

'COVID-19 Information Note: Considerations for Global Fund HIV Support' by the Global Fund (opens as PDF)

'Rights in the time of COVID-19 — Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response' by UNAIDS

A video series by amfAR looking at the scientific, clinical and research intersection between HIV and COVID-19

‘HIV prevention in the time of COVID-19’ Matteo Cassolato, HIV technical lead at Frontline AIDS

‘Three lessons for the COVID-19 response from pandemic HIV' published by The Lancet

Communicating about COVID-19

'A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma' from the WHO (opens as a PDF)

'5 Lessons for Communicating About Coronavirus' a blog post from Johns Hopkins Centre for Communications Programmes

'COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement' by the Regional Risk Communication and Community Engagement Working Group of the UN

Resources for community health and peer support

Boost is a mobile app created by Avert to provide easy, up-to-date, visual and interactive materials for community health workers. It now includes a module on COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Digital Classroom is a library of resources for community health workers including content that can be used on mobile devices and shared with local communities.

The video HIV and COVID-19 Advice for Health Workers has been produced by Esther Ireland as part of their series on COVID-19 for health facilities in low-resource settings.

Grassroot Soccer resources on COVID-19 including an evidence-based curriculum to help stop community spread of COVID-19 available in English, French and Chichewa

Zvandiri Africaid have produced videos and booklets for young people living with HIV to understand COVID-19 and how it might affect them.

Sex and coronavirus comic strip series from Prepster aimed at queer men of colour with advice on sex, hooking up and getting off during COVID-19.

COVID-19 in Africa

BBC’s coronavirus in Africa tracker allows you to view real-time reported cases across Africa in real-time with the option of looking at timelines for individual countries.

The WHO Africa dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19 in the African continent.

Amref's COVID-19 Africa Information Centre includes national emergency hotline numbers, FAQs and resources.

The COVID-19 coronavirus South African resource portal provides information, guidance and resources from the South African government

Tracking and surveillance

An interactive web-based dashboard hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, to visualise and track reported cases in real-time.

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Last updated:
30 September 2020