Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Other Resources

Welcome to the Knowledge Translation Unit’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page. The Knowledge Translation Unit is a group within the University of Cape Town’s Lung Institute and Department of Medicine who has worked on primary care programmes to strengthen provision of evidence-informed care in low-resources settings in South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Brazil for two decades. See here for more information. We are working around the clock to help health workers in these and similar settings to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. These can be accessed below. We are also working to expand these to support primary healthcare workers, patients and households. You can also access our free online training for healthcare workers.

For purposes of assisting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making our COVID-19 and related materials freely available for others to use subject to some simple conditions. By accessing, using, distributing and/or amending these materials, you thereby agree to be bound by these conditions.

The conditions are:

  1. You can’t use these materials for commercial purposes.
  2. We cannot be held liable or responsible for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of this information. COVID-19 recommendations are subject to rapid change. While we will endeavour to update (and date) our materials as quickly as possible, healthcare professionals are strongly advised to consult a variety of sources and use their own professional judgment when treating patients using this information. It is the responsibility of users to ensure that the information contained in this document is appropriate to the care required for each of their patients within their respective services and geographical regions. The information contained in these materials cannot be considered a substitute for such professional judgment. You can use this simple phrasing on your adaptations: “The content of this document was developed to support the provision of health-related services by health workers and is reasonably believed to represent appropriate healthcare practices at the date of first publication. You use this information at your sole risk; no warranties are given regarding accuracy, relevance, usefulness or fitness for purpose.”
  3. You need to acknowledge us. This is important to allow us to track how our materials are being used and secure resources to continue to expand these. It’s also important that you acknowledge our service partner, the Western Cape Department of Health, without whom we would not have been able to produce these materials. You can use this simple phrasing on your adaptations: “We thank the University of Cape Town’s Knowledge Translation Unit and the Western Cape Department of Health, South Africa, and their clinicians and managers for their valuable contributions to this document.”
  4. Please be in touch. We ask that you let us know whether you are using our materials. You can do this by emailing us at: [email protected]
    Please provide us with your name, organisation (if relevant), primary email address and some information on where you intend to use them (location, setting, intended users). In turn we will keep you informed on any updates or new materials.

Professor Lara Fairall
Director, Knowledge Translation Unit, University of Cape Town Lung Institute and Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town
Chair in Global Healthcare Delivery, King’s Global Health Institute, King’s College London

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