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Uwarugira Adele works at the call center in Kasha's office in Rwanda

A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Pandemics and Violence against Women and Children

Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, experts warned of increased violence against women and children. Existing research about pandemics and disease outbreaks unfortunately aligns with the increased violence stemming from COVID-19 and related response efforts. Understanding why this happens is critical to inform policy and program responses to mitigate adverse effects.

Direct to long-term impacts of COVID-19

UK Response to COVID-19: Urgent Need for An Inclusive Transparent Decision Making Process

Following wide criticism of the way the government had been formulating and communicating its COVID-19 response, particularly on its scientific rationale, the UK government has initiated daily public briefings on the evolving crisis. Below we run through the UK government’s communications so far, and outline recommendations for the government to improve its communication ever further, by revamping its whole evidence-informed decision-making approach. 

Child receives immunization in Uttar Pradesh

Gavi Going Forward: Immunization for Every Child Everywhere?

In December 2018, the Gavi Alliance hosted a mid-term review to assess progress towards its core purpose: “reach every child everywhere with vaccines against preventable diseases.” The good news is that there’s been advances on new vaccine introductions, and an estimated 65 million children were immunized with Gavi-supported new and underutilized vaccines in 2017. The bad news? There is still huge variability on the measure that counts most for building herd immunity and reducing vaccine-preventable disease: full vaccination for age among children under 2 years old.