Status: Recently completed
The COUNTDOWN COVID-19 Rapid Research Fellowship fund was established to support the generation of innovative research on NTDs and COVID-19. It aimed to inform the current outbreak response and preparedness for future outbreaks, to allow for the continuation of routine NTD services.
The current pandemic presents worldwide challenges to health systems. While many NTD activities have been postponed according to WHO guidelines, NTD programs are uniquely positioned to respond to COVID-19 with their focus on community-based care and the vital role of frontline health workers (FLHWs), particularly community health workers, including community drug distributors and primary health facility staff.
In Nigeria, NTD staff have been redeployed in COVID-19 response, including testing and treatment. However, the present circumstances have resulted in changes of workloads for FLHWs, including experiencing emotional stress while working in intense and unprecedented situations. This study therefore aimed to address this gap by exploring the impact of COVID-19 and experiences in relation to wellbeing of NTD FLHWs in Nigeria. The study captured their stories through creative participatory methods such as photovoice/photo elicitation, WhatsApp group discussions and visual vignettes.
September 2020 – April 2021