INFORM is a multi-stakeholder forum for developing shared, quantitative analysis relevant to humanitarian crises and disasters. INFORM includes organisations from across the multilateral system, including the humanitarian and development sector, donors, and technical partners. The Joint Research Center of European Commission is the scientific and technical lead for INFORM. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, INFORM has released a COVID Risk Index to support the specific decision-making needs of humanitarian and other organisations.
The following is an analysis that addresses key questions for humanitarian organisations by combining information from 3 INFORM products:
• The new INFORM COVID Risk Index, which identifies “countries at risk from health and humanitarian impacts of COVID-19 that could overwhelm current national response capacity, and therefore lead to a need for additional international assistance”. The INFORM COVID Risk Index is
• The INFORM Risk Index (Mid-2020 version), which identifies “countries at risk from humanitarian emergencies that could overwhelm current national response capacity, and therefore lead to a need for international assistance”. The INFORM Risk Index takes into account natural and human hazards, as well as vulnerability and lack of coping capacity.
• The INFORM Severity Index (March 2020 version) is a regularly updated model for measuring the severity of humanitarian crises globally, which brings together indicators of impact, conditions of affected people, and complexity.
Public health and social measures (PHSMs) are measures or actions by individuals, institutions, communities, local and national governments and international bodies to slow or stop the spread of an infectious disease, such as COVID-19.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of organizations have begun tracking implementation of PHSMs around the world, using different data collection methods, database designs and classification schemes. A unique collaboration between WHO, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, ACAPS, University of Oxford, Global Public Health Intelligence Network, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Complexity Science Hub Vienna has brought these datasets together, using a common taxonomy and structure, into a single, open-content dataset for public use.
July 6, 2020
| Dataset date: May 15, 2020-Jun 28, 2020
This dataset updates: Every two weeks
DTM relies on its network of key informants and on secondary sources to provide a weekly assessment of mobility and COVID-19 preparedness at priority locations in South Sudan.
On 24 March 2020, movement restrictions have been put in place by South Sudanese (SSD) Government and its neighbours. Some border points like Renk and Kaya are reported to be near completely blocked, whilst refugees have been allowed back into SSD through places like Nimule (neighbouring Uganda [UGA]), Pagak (Ethiopia [ETH]) and Jekow (ETH). Cargo has also been largely allowed to enter South Sudan with a maximum of three passengers in trucks.
In April and May, as a service to responders and authorities, Ground Truth Solutions
(GTS) – in partnership with the Iraq Information Centre (IIC) – conducted phone
interviews in Arabic with 556 returnees, refugees, and IDPs across Anbar, Dahuk,
Erbil, Ninewa, Salah al-Din, and Sulaymaniyah to gauge their perspectives on
information needs and channels, behaviours, trust, and the economic impact of the
The current COVID 19 outbreak has affected global mobility in the form of various travel disruptions, restrictions and bans On 18 March 2020 the Government of Cameroon put in place a series of precautionary measures to contain the spread of the pandemic including the closure of the country’s land, air and sea borders, the suspension of visa issuance at the airports for all incoming travellers, the shutdown of all training and educational establishments and the banning of gatherings of more than fifty persons throughout its national territory In order to better understand how these restrictions are affecting mobility in the country.