Covid-19 Resource Database

ATHA Program: Covid-19 in Conflict Contexts

The rapid propagation of the coronavirus has mobilized a public health and humanitarian response on an unprecedented global scale. Covid-19 has had an immeasurable impact on over 213 countries, redirecting national and international priorities to combatting the public health crisis within and across borders. For humanitarian actors, safeguarding the protection of the most vulnerable communities are primary concerns. In conflict environments and fragile contexts, such as Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Mali, ongoing armed conflict complicates the response to Covid-19. Healthcare systems in conflict-affected countries are already weakened by violence against civilians, including attacks on hospitals and denial of humanitarian access. Food insecurity, poor water and sanitation, and pre-existing environmental degradation all leave populations more vulnerable to the virus.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, HHI’s ATHA program has worked with a range of partners in the humanitarian sector to support practitioners as they negotiate access for humanitarian aid and pandemic response. The program complied a database of resources and analysis on the humanitarian response to Covid-19 pandemic in conflict countries, aimed at assisting humanitarian negotiators in analyzing new challenges arising from the COVID pandemic. The database can be accessed here.

As the next phase of this work, ATHA is designing a remote professional development course that will bring together public health and humanitarian professionals, and provide shared understanding of the complexities of humanitarian health access for pandemic response in conflict environments. The course links to ATHA’s ongoing research on fragile health systems in the Middle East, and will contribute to a research paper analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on existing humanitarian health delivery systems. Specifically, the course aims to:

  • Provide negotiation tools and methods relevant to public health work in conflict and humanitarian environments,
  • Allow space for discussion and peer-to-peer learning about the challenges and dilemmas of public health responses to Covid-19 in fragile health systems, and
  • Contribute to ATHA’s ongoing research on fragile health systems in the Middle East.

The course is designed in collaboration with the following partners:

Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy  --  Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation  --  Consensus Building Institute  --  World Health Organization Middle East Regional Bureau  --  Harvard School of Public Health Department of Global Health and Population  --  Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation

For more information, including course logistics, please contact Anaïde Nihikian, anihikia@hsph.harvard.edu .

HHI has prepared a database of resources and analysis on the humanitarian response to ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic across regions. 

Please click the image at the bottom of this page or this link to view the database.