Sphere India in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO India and HCL Foundation has launched the COVID-19 Academy to build capacities of frontline volunteers and outreach workers through a range of technical sessions for preparedness and response to COVID-19.

Supported by


For Whom

Volunteers from Civil Society Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Corporations, Red Cross, Civil defence, NCC, NSS, NYS, Student Groups and individuals willing to support local level authorities to deliver health and social protection services to address direct and secondary impact of COVID-19.

How, Where and When

How: A series of daily webinars on COVID- 19 preparedness and response will be conducted by experienced emergency response professionals on a range of subjects for which front line volunteer skills are required.

Where: The sessions will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will be accessible online from all locations.

When: The courses will commence on April 10, 2020 and will continue till June 30, 2020.

Opportunities For You

The participants will have access to a knowledge space with real-time updates on the COVID-19 articles, situation reports, videos, IEC materials, short-term courses and training programs. On completion of course, recognition as a trained volunteer - networking with other volunteers, professionals and coordination connect with local authorities.

COVID-19 Academy Sessions


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Sphere India Fellowship is India's first-of-its-kind programme for young graduates and professionals in disaster management and emergency coordination. The programme aims to provide youth with a first-hand experience in the humanitarian sector, equipping the Fellows with both - exposure to field-work through coordination and supporting activities, along with research and policymaking experience. We call upon interested applicants to submit their candidature through the following
Google Form: Last date of application: 28th of August, 2020
FAQs Source: Credit to MOHFW/WHO for providing FAQs & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered corona virus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
How does COVID-19 spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?
Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air. See previous answer on “How does COVID-19 spread?”
Can COVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?
The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.