Covid-19: Practical information

We’ve created a wide range of practical tools and guides to support churches and organisations serving vulnerable communities during the pandemic.

Covid-19 A guide to Tearfund's resources

We have produced different types of resources for guidance around Covid-19. This is a guide that explains what you will find on this page and who it is for.

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Guidance for churches

COVID-19: Guidance for the local church (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)
Covid-19 poses many questions for churches around the world. This document provides advice on mitigation measures for gathering together and guidance on the role of the local church in responding to the pandemic.

COVID-19: Addressing rumours and misinformation (pdf) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This document addresses rumours and misinformation about Covid-19 by providing evidence-based, truthful information.

Faith response to COVID-19: Taking lessons from the Ebola response into COVID-19, March 2020 (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This guide gives an overview of the role of faith communities in responding to global crises like Covid-19, providing evidence of their role in responding to similar epidemics and pandemics.

COVID-19: How to protect yourself and others (pdf) (Fr) (Es) (Pt)
This at-a-glance guide to Covid-19 explains how the virus is spread, how to prevent its spread and how to treat it. It also provides basic advice on how community members can stay informed and support one another.

Resources for policy-makers

Coronavirus crisis: Restoring societies (pdf)
The crisis precipitated by the spread of coronavirus is a turning point in history, and yet there is a dearth of global leadership. This paper outlines Tearfund’s recommendations for UK policy makers as we emerge from the initial response to the Covid-19 crisis in the UK and globally.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Covid-19 WASH response: A framework for programming (pdf) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This document sets out a framework for WASH response during a pandemic such as Covid-19, elaborating the priorities for each phase, including key activities, governing principles and advocacy messages. 

COVID-19: How to build a hand washing station (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)
This poster shows how easy it is to build a tippy tap hand washing station. A tippy tap works by using the foot to tap a lever to tip water out from a container. It means hands can be washed without touching the stand.

COVID-19: The tippy tap (video) (Fr) (Es) (Pt)
This video shows you how to build a simple device called a tippy tap which makes handwashing easy and uses a minimum amount of water.

COVID-19: WASH webinar (video)
This webinar is the first in a series of ‘WASH during Covid-19’ webinars presented by Frank Greaves (WASH Lead). In this webinar, Frank refers to the WASH guidance document, which can be found above.

COVID-19: Water, hygiene and sanitation questions and answers (pdf)
This document will be updated weekly with answers to key questions from around the world related to water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) and Covid-19.

COVID-19: Risk communication and community engagement (pdf)
This guidance offers key pointers for developing, implementing and monitoring an effective action plan so you can communicate effectively to help people protect themselves and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Covid-19: Samaritan's Purse and Tearfund WASH responses webinar 1 (video)
This is the first in a series of webinars hosted by Tearfund and Samaritan's Purse and focuses on how both organisations are adapting their WASH work across the world in response to Covid-19. 

Covid-19: Video clip of hands-free handwashing station demonstration (video)
This footage shows a hands-free handwashing station in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with soap dispenser and water tap both operated by foot pedals.

Covid-19: Bill of quantities and design drawing for the DRC hands-free handwashing station (pdf)
The specifications, measurements and itemised costs for the parts needed to construct a hands-free handwashing station are given in English and in French. It also includes a photograph and a technical drawing with dimensions.

COVID-19: WASH programme guidance for response (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)

This document outlines the most important information concerning WASH and the Covid-19 outbreak, including frequency of hand washing, availability of hand washing areas and access to safe and reliable water supplies.


COVID-19: Preventing and addressing stigma (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This is a short guide to preventing and addressing stigma in response to Covid-19. It provides clear guidance on safe messaging, communication and activities that churches and communities can follow.

COVID-19: Mapping tool for risks and vulnerabilities (pdf) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This tool will help you consider who is vulnerable in your context, rather than providing lists of potential vulnerable groups. By mapping who is at risk and who is vulnerable, we can then develop holistic and inclusive mechanisms to help protect them.

COVID-19: Responding to the needs of refugees, internally displaced people and migrants (pdf) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This guide explains the greater risks faced by refugees, internally displaced people and migrants during the Covid-19 crisis and suggests possible things that organisations, churches and communities can do to help them.

COVID-19: Inclusion in our communities webinar (video)
In this webinar, Jané Mackenzie and David Mbuvi share guidance on how we can think inclusively about caring for those in our communities who may be more vulnerable during Covid-19.

COVID-19: Making a plan for people with disabilities and older people (pdf) (Ar)(Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)
This guide is for older people and people with disabilities, as well as those who care for them, to help them plan for the pandemic and mitigate risks. It is also useful for those who want to include and collaborate better with vulnerable people during Covid-19.

COVID-19: Guidance on child inclusion and protection (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)
This document aims to provide clear information and guidance to help ensure that children are protected and encouraged to participate during the pandemic, including where physical distancing measures and lockdowns are in place.

COVID-19: Children's inclusion and protection webinar (video)
In this webinar, David Mbuvi discusses the importance of recognising children's needs, rights and concerns during Covid-19 and offers practical suggestions for how children can be protected and included through information-sharing and decision-making.

COVID-19: Making a household plan (pdf) (Ar) (Fr) (Es) (Pt) (Sw)
This resource helps households think through their vulnerabilities, needs and support systems during Covid-19, and helps them consider and prepare for various potential impacts.

COVID-19: Fostering social cohesion during a pandemic (pdf) 
This guide offers tips and prompts reflection about what might promote peace, unity and social cohesion among and between families and communities during Covid-19.

COVID-19: Including older people and people with disabilities webinar (video)
In this webinar, Jané Mackenzie focuses on inclusion and the need to consider older people and people with disabilities in our response to Covid-19. You may also find helpful Tearfund's guide on 'Making a plan for people with disabilities and older people', which is available on this page.

COVID-19: Supporting older people during Covid-19: guidance for churches – MANUAL (pdf)
This manual will help churches support older people practically and spiritually during the pandemic and protect them from a virus which poses a particular threat to many in this group. The information and advice are set in the context of biblical narratives about how God honours and is faithful to older people. The flyer and poster, linked below, summarise this guide.

COVID-19: Supporting older people during Covid-19: guidance for churches – FLYER (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)
This flyer, which summarises the manual above, helps churches consider: ‘Who are the older people in our community?’ and ‘How can we support them during Covid-19?’ It suggests ten practical ways in which churches can support older people.

COVID-19: Supporting older people during Covid-19: guidance for churches – POSTER (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)
This poster, which can be used with the manual and flyer above, suggests ten ways in which churches can support older people both practically and spiritually during Covid-19. It might also inspire self-help groups to reach out to older members and neighbours during the pandemic.

Inclusion and support for vulnerable groups short videos
In these short videos, Prabu Deepan underlines the importance of including and supporting vulnerable groups, including women, during Covid-19, and offers some practical suggestions.
COVID-19: Understanding the needs of the most vulnerable and at risk (video)
COVID-19: Reaching and involving women through good communication (video)
COVID-19: Women's livelihoods and economic empowerment (video)
COVID-19: Women's access to health and hygiene products and services (video)

Gender and Protection

COVID-19: A guide to gender and protection integration (pdf) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
These guidelines are considerations and suggestions for response, to be adapted and mainstreamed in all programmatic activities, to ensure that protection principles are followed.

COVID-19: Guide to gender and protection integration (video)
In this short video to accompany the above guidance note, Tearfund's Gender and Protection Unit Lead Prabu Deepan provides further information and advice on integrating gender and protection principles during the current Covid-19 crisis.

COVID-19: Gender and protection integration guidance webinar (video)
In this webinar, Elena Bezzolato talks through the guidance for gender and protection during the time of Covid-19. This is aimed at anyone implementing gender and protection programmes. In the webinar, reference is made to the 'Covid-19 Guide for gender and protection integration' document, which can be found on this page.

COVID-19: A guide to mental health and psychosocial support (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This guide outlines the key considerations for mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) during the outbreak of Covid-19, and provides clear guidance on interventions.

Gender, protection and equality short videos
These short videos outline the importance of upholding protection and equality during Covid-19.
COVID-19: Upholding protection principles in our programmes (video)
COVID-19: Guidance on protection and gender integration (introduction) (video)
COVID-19: Increased burden for women and care-givers (video)

Gender-based violence (GBV) short videos
These short videos focus on the need to acknowledge and respond to the risk of increased gender-based violence during Covid-19.
COVID-19: Support for those affected by gender-based violence (video)
COVID-19: How to respond to an increased risk of gender-based violence(video)
COVID-19: Safeguarding and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (video)

Cash and Livelihoods

COVID-19: A guide for self-help groups and savings groups (pdf) (Es) (Fr)
Tearfund now supports over 27,000 self-help groups in sub-Saharan Africa and is scaling up the approach across Asia and Latin America. This document provides guidance on how to operate safely during the Covid-19 outbreak.

COVID-19: Cash and vouchers activities tipsheet (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
Information and advice for Tearfund country teams and partners in implementing cash and vouchers activities (CVA) during the Covid-19 outbreak.

COVID-19: A guide for small businesses (pdf) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) 
These are simple steps to follow for small businesses or individuals conducting business activities. Every person-to-person sale poses the risk of spreading Covid-19 unless protective measures are taken.

COVID-19: Cash webinar (video)
This webinar outlines guidance on how to adapt our cash programming during Covid-19. It is presented by Paola Castiati (Cash specialist). In this webinar, Paola refers to the cash and vouchers activities tipsheet, which you can find above.

COVID-19: What to do and what to avoid when withdrawing cash from ATMs (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)
This poster explains how to use ATMs safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Safe distribution of food, cash and non-food items (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt) (Sw)
This guide discusses how to adapt and run food, cash and non-food item (NFI) distribution sites in the context of Covid-19.

COVID-19: Providing cash and voucher assistance electronically (pdf)
This guide outlines ways to adapt cash and voucher assistance procedures during Covid-19, focusing particularly on electronic and mobile money transfers.

COVID-19: Food security and livelihoods activities (pdf) (Fr) (Es) (Pt)
This resource provides guidance on how food and livelihoods programmes can be used to support those who may suffer as a result of Covid-19, and offers advice on steps to take in the different phases of a response.


COVID-19: Inclusion guidance within CCT/CCMP (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This guide explores ways in which churches and communities can respond to the outbreak of Covid-19 in an inclusive way. This is also an appropriate guide for those working in inclusion programming.

COVID-19: Social Transformation of Conflict (pdf)
The experience of Covid-19 will inevitably put additional stresses on families and communities. This document demonstrates the ways in which minor disagreements can escalate into conflict and how we can address this.

COVID-19: Community-level conflict analysis and action planning (pdf)
This is an analysis and planning tool to help you think through what impact Covid-19 might have on your community and what you might be able to do to reduce conflict and build peace.

COVID-19: Steps to win-win solutions (pdf)
This guide is designed to help different sides in a conflict or disagreement acknowledge the underlying causes of conflict and work together to find solutions that meet the needs and interests of all sides.

COVID-19: Peacebuilding tools
Covid-19 and the measures taken to contain it will inevitably exacerbate existing tensions in communities and cause new ones. These short audio recordings offer guidance on how to identify, understand and mitigate these sources of conflict, and reinforce mechanisms that bring peace and security.
Conflict analysis (audio) (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
Social transformation of conflict (audio)

COVID-19: Using conflict analysis to understand longer-term impacts webinar (video)
In this webinar, David Couzens considers how Covid-19 is exacerbating existing tensions and fragilities in our communities and nations. He urges us to recognise and understand these changing dynamics, and shares conflict analysis tools and resources we can adapt to mitigate some of these negative impacts.

Urban contexts

COVID-19: Guidance for response in urban, informal settlements (pdf) (Ar) (Es) (Fr)(Pt)
This the first part of our guidance for people working in informal settlements within urban contexts. It explores ways in which to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak in these settings.

COVID-19: Protecting informal urban settlements webinar (video)
In this webinar Tearfund staff and members of Arise Consortium discuss how we can protect informal settlements from the spread and impact of Covid-19. They discuss what the needs are, who is most at risk and draw on examples of strong communication and awareness-raising from different contexts around the world.

COVID-19: Responding in informal urban settlements (pdf)  (Ar) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This is a guidance document for those working towards a meaningful response to Covid-19 with communities in informal urban settlements such as slums, shanty towns, and favelas.

Design, monitoring and evaluation

COVID-19: Beneficiary selection (pdf)
This document provides guidance on how to identify, select and engage with beneficiaries during the Covid-19 pandemic, including examples of remote data collection tools.

COVID-19: Remote monitoring guidance (pdf) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This document provides guidance on remote monitoring for Covid-19 responses where there is limited physical access to project sites, such as during a lockdown, or where government restrictions on movement and physical distancing measures are in place.

COVID-19: It's not M&E as we know it! How to adapt your monitoring activities during the pandemic webinar (video)
This webinar offers lots of practical advice to help you consider how to adapt project monitoring and evaluation during Covid-19. Through discussion and reflection, it explores why monitoring remains important and how remote monitoring can be used effectively.

COVID-19: Evaluations during a pandemic (pdf) (Es) (Fr) (Pt)
This document provides guidance on when and how to undertake evaluations during the Covid-19 pandemic, and gives examples of remote data-collection tools for evaluations, learning reviews and real-time reviews.

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