COVID-19 response

Our Centre members and researchers at the School are working to respond quickly and effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Although modelling predictions suggest that uncontrolled or even partially mitigated COVID-19 epidemics in high-income countries could lead to substantial excess mortality, the virus’ impact on people living in low-income settings or affected by humanitarian crises could potentially be even more severe.

Guidance documents

The Shielding approach: how to protect high-risk individuals from COVID-19 infection in low-income settings? The shielding approach aims at protecting those most vulnerable from SARS-CoV-2 infection by helping them to live in dignity, safely and separately from the general population. The ultimate goal of this approach is to reduce the excess mortality attributable to COVID-19 while relieving some of the pressure on the health system. 

Shielding: In camps and camp-like settings

English - Download guidance here

Français - Download guidance here

Shielding: In urban settings

English - Download guidance here

FAQ Shielding Approach

Download document here

COVID messages for Syrian Communities - Arabic

Download content here

COVID messages for Syrian Communities - Kurdish

Download content here

Responding to COVID-19 in Africa (PERC)

Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC) is a partnership that supports evidence-based measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on African Union Member States.

It collects social, economic, epidemiological, population movement, and security data to help determine the acceptability, impact and effectiveness of public health and social measures for COVID-19.

Read the full report here. 


Platforms & hubs

COVID-19 Humanitarian Platform

Jointly hosted by LSHTM, CERAH & Johns Hopkins, this platform provides context-specific guidance & field insights into dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic - access it here.

COVID-19 Hygiene Hub

The COVID-19 Hygiene Hub is a free service to help actors in low- and middle-income countries rapidly share, design, and adapt evidence-based hygiene interventions to combat COVID-19 - access it here.

Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP)

With a dedicated COVID-19 section, SSHAP aims to establish networks of social scientists with regional and subject expertise to rapidly provide insight, analysis and advice, tailored to demand and in accessible forms, to better design and implement the social and communication dimensions of emergency response. 

Become a member & download the resources here.


Responding to COVID-19: Guidance for humanitarian agencies

How should humanitarian organisations prepare and respond to COVID-19 in humanitarian settings in low- and middle-income countries?

This Rapid Learning Review outlines 14 actions, insights and ideas for humanitarian actors to consider in their COVID-19 responses. It summarises and synthesises the best available knowledge and guidance for developing a health response to COVID-19 in low- and middle-income settings as at April 2020

The paper, supported by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, will be updated throughout 2020 to reflect emerging knowledge and evidence on the most effective approaches to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For all COVID-19 related news, guidance, courses, and action on the ground from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine