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Gyude Moore has more experience with social distancing and disease response than many in his current hometown of Washington, D.C. During the Ebola response, he served as a senior adviser to then-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and stopped interacting with people far earlier than most.
“What has been frustrating for me about the U.S. response is that, during the West Africa outbreak, people came from the U.S. to help us respond and people here know what needs to be done, but what’s been missing is central guidance. It doesn’t make any sense,” he told Devex.
Moore said he has seen parallels with the Ebola crisis, which had political leadership hoping that numbers wouldn’t go up. The first case in Liberia was a woman who had gone to Guinea for a funeral. Though a “frantic search for her” took place and there were efforts to trace all of her contacts, there was then a roughly monthlong hiatus in which people continued going about their normal lives — until there was an “explosion in cases.”
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Jeremy Konyndyk, a former official at the U.S. Agency for International Development who worked on the Ebola virus response, said the government’s efforts to reach out to trade associations are “not a bad idea” and would reach many potential private sector partners. But he said given how the virus is spreading, voluntary donations “will be a month out of sync with transmission.”
The donation request was circulated widely and made its way to some small businesses struggling to stay afloat as the health crisis escalates.
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The COVID19 pandemic will have major implications for international development. This includes in countries where organizations like the World Bank and other global development institutions have made major investments in the past decade. Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and executive vice president of the Center for Global Development explains the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic to low income countries, and what organizations like the World Bank can do to help mitigate this crisis.
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“Researchers, including those I spoke with, are frustrated that findings like this have not made it through to policy makers, who still adopt a gender-neutral approach to pandemics. They also worry that opportunities to collect high-quality data which will be useful for the future are being missed. For example, we have little information on how viruses similar to the coronavirus affect pregnant women—hence the conflicting advice during the current crisis—or, according to Susannah Hares, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, sufficient data to build a model for when schools should reopen.
We shouldn’t make that mistake again. Grim as it is to imagine now, further epidemics are inevitable, and the temptation to argue that gender is a side issue, a distraction from the real crisis, must be resisted. What we do now will affect the lives of millions of women and girls in future outbreaks.
The coronavirus crisis will be global and long-lasting, economic as well as medical. However, it also offers an opportunity. This could be the first outbreak where gender and sex differences are recorded, and taken into account by researchers and policy makers. For too long, politicians have assumed that child care and elderly care can be “soaked up” by private citizens—mostly women—effectively providing a huge subsidy to the paid economy. This pandemic should remind us of the true scale of that distortion...”
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Closing schools poses risks for children everywhere, from sexual violence to lack of mid-day meals, but the impact may be bigger in Africa, said Lee Crawfurd, a senior research associate at the Center for Global Development think tank.
“Social protection systems are just not nearly as developed in low-income countries, so it’s really worrying,” he said.
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“High income countries are completely consumed with what is happening in their own states, but it would be good if they could give at least some focus to poorer countries,” Amanda Glassman, executive vice president of the Washington-based Global Centre for Development think-tank, told IPS.
“If things are not brought under control in less developed countries, it could come back to hurt developed countries later on,” she added.
“We don’t know what might happen with issues relating to COVID-19 infections and other conditions, such as HIV/AIDS,” said Glassman.
More could be done though, Glassman said. “Multilateral investment banks need to boost their current lending,” she said.
Jeremy Konyndyk speaks to WXXI news (NPR) about COVID-19. Read the full transcript, or listen here.
"I think there are three major things that we need to be doing in this country. The first is protecting our health system. When we saw what was happening in Wuhan in mid-January to the hospitals there, the way they were overwhelmed by a surge of cases, that was the warning sign of what could happen, and we're seeing it now play out in northern Italy. We may be only a week or two from that beginning to play out in U.S. cities...
So the other two relate to relieving that burden on the hospitals. So the first is focusing like a laser on protecting the high-risk populations in this country. We know that this disease is most severe among the elderly and people with medical complications. It's not an accident that one of the worst outbreaks that we've seen in this country was at a nursing home in Kirkland, Wash. That is a warning to the rest of the country. We need to be on top of that everywhere else and making sure that nursing homes have the infection control that they need and the sanitation support that they need so that diseases don't spread there."
Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and member of the World Health Organization’s committee that oversees health emergencies, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and around the world.