This section hosts guidelines, manuals and toolkits to strengthen public health practice.
This guidance addresses the specific role of community-based healthcare in context of the pandemic and outlines adaptations required to keep people safe, maintain continuity of essential services and ensure an effective response to COVID-19. It complements a range of other guidance, including that on priority public health interventions, facility-based care, and risk communication and community engagement in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic. National policies and capacities for community health services vary widely. This document outlines basic principles and practical recommendations that support decision-making to ensure continuity of select essential services that can be delivered safely at the community level; leverage and strengthen the community platform as an integral part of primary health care to ensure an effective COVID-19 response; protect health workers and communities through infection prevention and control measures. It also addresses COVID-19 in the context of different life course phases and highlights disease-specific considerations for adapting community-level activities. It is a useful document for national level implementers. Click here to read the guidance.