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With COVID-19 set to lead to a major upsurge in those living in extreme poverty and the wider developing world, the new CDI provides looks at how 40 of the world’s most powerful countries are contributing on health-related policies and commitments.
Virtually all countries in the world have responded to the COVID-19 crisis by implementing fiscal and monetary measures, significantly larger in relation to national output than those employed during the 2008 financial crisis. The magnitude of fiscal measures to counter the shock varies across developing and advanced economies.
As more governments grapple with the immense difficulty of bringing their country to a halt, leaders from low- and middle-income countries are increasingly skeptical of mimicking policies that may have worked elsewhere because of radical differences in demography, health system capacity, and cultural context.
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.
Worldwide, the health worker profession relies on migrants. But policy often restricts their movement. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown that, under crisis, many of these barriers are more malleable than policymakers make them out to be.
In the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now evident that many of the public health and hospital-based interventions deployed by high-income countries may be ineffective or infeasible in low- and middle-income countries. We suggest a different order of priority for immediate next steps.
This week was supposed to be the annual conference for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford. Take a break from coronastressing and survey the impressive array of work that researchers are doing on education and health in Africa. We summarize more than 80 studies, including many on other topics with impacts on health or education.
Here we take a deeper dive into the promotion of a gender-equal global health workforce in which the occupations where women predominate, such as nursing and community health work, are valued, prioritized, and properly resourced.