This blog unveils a framework that can help policymakers move to a holistic COVID-19 response that accounts for the impacts of the pandemic and the measures implemented to fight it.
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Building upon our earlier blog post on COVID-19 and smart health spending in developing countries, we developed a presentation on some of our early thoughts and research findings—focused on current gaps and much needed areas of development in research and resources for better outbreak preparedness. Here are a few thoughts on important areas for new and sustained investment.
With a number of African countries confirming their first cases of COVID-19 and the continent bracing for major outbreaks, health system resilience and basic functionality emerge once again as the determining factor for a successful response.
As countries reaffirm their commitments to achieving Universal Health Coverage, governments face extraordinary pressure to allocate scarce resources in a publicly justifiable manner. The growing list of available health interventions and increasing demand for health services mean that tough spending decisions have to be taken, with unavoidable trade-offs. How can such hard choices be made?
Though there are various definitions of HTA, and different approaches for considering evidence on clinical effectiveness, economics, social values, and ethics, there is a universal emphasis on generating transparent and evidence-informed recommendations for health coverage decisions.
Cribsheet author and economist Emily Oster on the data behind health recommendations for pregnant women, how to balance children's and parents' needs, and how policymakers can empower parents to make good decisions for their families.
As the World Health Organization declares the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, new funding has been mobilized. Our experts provide four recommendations on how to spend this money well.
The Center for Global Development's annual summer reading list, presenting a selection of recommendations from CGD researchers and staff, is back with more ways to explore, analyze, or escape the world around you (reader's choice!). Swing back to the 1860s to visit New Zealand during the gold rush or stroll around Lincoln's Washington. Step into mythology for a new take on one of the world's earliest feminists. Or if you're more forward-looking, visit a future where technology has allowed us to achieve immortality... of a sort.
Everyday decisions during pregnancy and the early years of parenting often spark contentious debates and tremendous anxiety about the best behaviors to support the health and wellbeing of babies and children.
Time to Deliver: New Ebola Findings Highlight the Need to Improve Evidence and Interventions for Pregnant Women
On July 23, an outbreak report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases documented the case of a female Ebola survivor who transmitted the virus to family members more than year later. This raises new questions about how pregnancy may impact the presentation of Ebola virus disease (EVD), not just for women in the near term but across multiple pregnancies, and potentially as the source of new outbreaks.