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309, 2020

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September 3rd, 2020|Categories: News articles|

A global COVID-19 facility could prevent ‘vaccine nationalism’ — but the challenges are steep
As the wealthiest governments sink billions of dollars into their own COVID-19 vaccinations, public health officials warn that “vaccine nationalism” could leave behind the poorest countries. A new COVAX Global Vaccines Facility may offer the best hope for ensuring the world’s most vulnerable people receive vaccines once they are available. Read more…

Global Fund seeks $5B as money runs out for COVID-19 response
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is running out of funding for its COVID-19 Response Mechanism, and is seeking an additional $5 billion. The initial $500 million the multilateral organization allocated in April was already fully deployed to countries at the end of July. Read more…

Sanitation workers left exposed to COVID-19
A report by WaterAid, based on interviews with sanitation workers across the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, found that 40% reported a lack of hand-washing stations and said hand-washing was not consistently carried out at the times most relevant for COVID-19 prevention. Read more…

Pandemic is widening poverty gap between women and men, new UN findings show
After years of steady decline, the global poverty gap between women and men is now widening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with women aged 25-34 particularly hard hit, according to new findings by the United Nations Development Programme and UN Women. It could take more than a decade for younger women, many of whom are at the start of their careers and raising young children, to regain their financial losses and professional stability. Read more…

How the eradication of wild poliovirus from Africa can guide the COVID-19 response
During a year with few public health victories, the African region celebrated a major one this week — the declaration that wild polio had been eradicated from the continent. And lessons learned from the successes around polio vaccination campaigns can help guide other health interventions, including the COVID-19 response. Read more…

COVID-19 job losses accelerate in development sector, survey results say
Devex’s latest COVID-19 Trends Tracker surveyed 650 development practitioners in 113 countries this month. Some 59% said they or someone they know had lost their job, up from 36% in April. More organizations are losing funding, too. In April, 37% of respondents said the organization they primarily work with had lost funding due to the pandemic. Now, 46% say so. Read more…

Pandemic puts reproductive health care out of reach for millions, new data shows
Disruptions to reproductive health services since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak could result in more than 1 million unsafe abortions and 900,000 unintended pregnancies, according to Marie Stopes International. Read more…

How COVID-19 is demanding a new look at Indigenous healing in the Amazon
In Latin America, the still-raging coronavirus pandemic is leading to a reassessment of the use of traditional medicine and highlighting the urgent need for humanitarian aid and health workers to better integrate Indigenous knowledge into their responses. Read more…

In Peru’s Amazon, Indigenous COVID-19 patients get too little, too late
Almost one in three of Peru’s 32 million inhabitants identify as Indigenous. Long neglected by the central government, and in the country with the highest per capita death rate per million in the world, they are among those hardest hit by COVID-19. Read more…

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309, 2020

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September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Opinion|

Opinion: African women are leading the fight against COVID-19
It is no surprise that women-led countries have suffered six times fewer confirmed COVID-19 deaths than countries led by men, according to a University of Dublin study. Women leaders are better placed to draw on informal networks to mobilize rapid responses and community support. They are used to finding alternative resources and building ingenious partnerships to solve problems. Read more…

Opinion: We need to improve AMR surveillance systems, now more than ever
The systematic collection and analysis of health data during the patient care pathway provides vital public health information, helping guide care and data-based decision-making. For antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, and other drug-resistant infections, this surveillance process underpins the availability of data on the prevalence of drug-resistant infections and corresponding patterns of antimicrobial use, as well as data for guidance on infection prevention and control. Read more…

Funding COVID-19 vaccines: A timeline
In the race to create a vaccine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, funding is a critical component. An analysis of data available on the Devex funding database reveals over $39.5 billion in funding has been announced for vaccine research and development, in addition to planning for vaccine manufacturing and distribution. Read more…

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