The Commonwealth COVID-19 Response Centre is a directory of useful information, data and resources for the governments of Commonwealth countries as well as others who are involved in responding to this emergency in any of our 54 member countries across the world. The information on the Response Centre is being updated all the time. If you have any suggestions for information that could be added here, please contact: [email protected]
Commonwealth Foundation COVID-19 special grants
To support national initiatives that engage constructively with government to strengthen relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild from the pandemic.
WHO/ UN COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to enable all countries – particularly those most vulnerable and at-risk, and with the weakest health systems – to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Contact: Rachel Bridges, Tel: +1 (202) 765 8448.
WFP support for logistics sector
$350 million to support vital aviation, shipping, storage and transport, and engineering services in areas affected by the pandemic. Delivering vital medical equipment, and food supplies to those in need.
Asian Development Bank
The initial package includes approximately $3.6 billion in sovereign operations for a range of responses to the health and economic consequences of the pandemic, and $1.6 billion in non-sovereign operations for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, domestic and regional trade, and firms directly impacted. Contact: David Kruger, Director, Media and External Relations Division. Tel. + 63 2 8683 1884.
WHO Health Alert Messaging Service
To increase access to reliable information, WHO has worked with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a new WHO Health Alert messaging service. To access the service send the word “hi” to the following number on WhatsApp: +41 798 931 892.
University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians
COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application is a free online course for frontline clinical staff who are caring for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a wide range of healthcare professionals in acute care, from many different clinical speciality backgrounds.
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19.
PATH reference materials for COVID-19
PATH is a non-profit organisation supporting the global response to COVID-19, from readying health systems for outbreaks to developing and deploying digital tools, point-of-care tests, drugs, vaccines, and more. Contact PATH
Royal Life Saving Society
The Royal Life Saving Society is a network of 30 member organisations around the Commonwealth. Many of its volunteers would be willing to help in responding to COVID-19 in Commonwealth countries. Contact: www.rlsscommonwealth.org
Kenya’s innovative data response to COVID-19
Seamless flow between data and decision making through a data ecosystem using rapid phone surveys and COVID-19 diaries to fill data gaps. Data is now more accessible and impactful for policy decision making.
Sierra Leone – Geospatial data to combat COVID-19
Members of Sierra Leone’s National COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre partnered with leading data science and geospatial organisations to generate timely and accurate population and infrastructure data to enhance the government’s response to COVID-19.
TraceTogether – Government of Singapore
TraceTogether is a mobile application developed to support existing nationwide efforts to combat COVID-19, by enabling community driven contact tracing in Singapore.
NHS Coronavirus-Status-Checker, UK
A public mobile application for the UK public. It asks questions on experience, symptoms and self-isolating. The data can be downloaded for researchers and decision making.
COVID-19 Island Insights Series
Initiative led by the University of Strathclyde and the University of Prince Edward Island in collaboration with Island Innovation bringing together critical assessments of how specific islands around the world have performed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Impact of Covid-19 on the African continent – VIDEO
Luis Franceschi, Senior Director Governance and Peace at the Commonwealth Secretariat and Tomás Pueyo, VP Growth at Course Hero and writer on COVID-19, discuss the course and outcome of the pandemic in Africa.