Norms, beliefs, and practices relevant to the prevention of COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa: a literature analysis

The review focuses on social and cultural barriers and enablers to a number of practices relating to prevention, detection and response to COVID-19. Specifically: effective hand and respiratory hygiene; physical distancing, immunisation, testing, case reporting, contact tracing, health-seeking, antenatal and PNC care-seeking, quarantine and isolation, home-based care and shielding of high-risk populations. These practices or public health measures have been variously recommended or mandated by governments and international organisations across the region. They were identified as key practices for the prevention of subsequent waves of COVID-19 as restrictions and lockdown measures are eased.

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Authors: UNICEF
Year of publication: 2021
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Areas of work: Social science
Region: Middle East and North Africa

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