Based on a global health perspective, this project aims to (1) analyze the status of COVID-19 pandemic surveillance and epidemiological watch measures in six low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs): Haiti, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Bangladesh, and Pakistan; and (2) examine risk and protective factors related to preventive attitudes among the populations of the six LMICs. Specifically, it will assess the knowledge and false beliefs related to Covid-19 in the populations, their perceptions on the readiness of health systems, the impacts of public health instructions, stigmatization, conspiracy theories associated with COVID-19, and their impacts on preventive attitudes. It will also assess anxiety and depression associated with COVID-19, as well as the community resilience of these populations.
The study will be carried out using a self-report questionnaire among 3,300 participants, with 300 participants per country (600 in DRC, 600 in Bangladesh, 1,200 in Pakistan) face-to-face. It will also be conducted online in the six countries during the same period to allow greater participation rates.
A comprehensive report called "Evidence-based Practices to Save Lives" will contain key research findings and clear recommendations for government decision-makers, health and community actors, NGOs, donors, and researchers and health professionals in DRC, Haiti, Rwanda, Togo, Bangladesh, and Pakistan by May 2020. Knowledge transfer activities on social media (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, SMS), including video clips, fact sheets for populations and mental health professionals.
Principal Researcher: Jude Mary Cénat, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
Co-researchers : Lewis Ampidu Clorméus; Cyrille Kossigan Kokou-Kpolou; Jacqueline Bukaka; Jean-Pierre Birangui; Pedro Damien Akansikou Kouami; Ralph Emmanuel François; Assumpta Ndengeyingoma; Vincent Sezibera; Bishwajit Ghose; Tanjir Soron; Irfan Ullah
Covid-19 Line (Coronavirus) : 43 43 33 33 ou 31 04 0008
GHESKIO Centre : 44 47 8738
Urgent Psychotherapeutic Intervention Haiti : 2919 9000.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Covid-19 Line (Coronavirus) : 854 463 582; 841 363 267; 109 ou 110
Mental Health Centre Telema : (+57) 23 70 34 96
Mental Health Crisis Line : 112
Covid-19 Crisis Line (Coronavirus) : 114
Centre for Mental Health of frères de St Jean de Dieu : +228 22 51 54 17
Medical Psychiatry and Psychology Clinic (CPPM) of CHU-CAMPUS of Lomé : +228 22 25 47 39 / +228 22 25 77 68
Covid-19 Green Number (Coronavirus) : 111
Government of Pakistan: http://covid.gov.pk/covid19
Guidlines on COVID-19 : https://www.nih.org.pk/novel-coranavirus-2019-ncov/