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There is no “one size fits all” approach to the COVID-19 response. Health systems in many developing countries lack the capacity and resources of rich countries, leaving them unable to provide life-saving treatment or necessary protections for frontline health workers. And when it comes to daily life, many poor countries struggle with the same challenge: balancing livelihoods and the spread of COVID-19. Our experts have analyzed the potential impact of government responses, such as lockdowns and social distancing, on public health in these countries long term.
From the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, CGD experts have emphasized the importance of health system preparedness, increased testing, and context-based response. But they’ve also been talking about something else on everyone’s mind: vaccines. From development to distribution, CGD has provided recommendations to ensure vaccines are available where they’re needed most. CGD experts are focused on leveraging the "missing middle"—the private sector and middle-income countries, as well as developed economies. Read about their proposal for a benefits-based advanced market commitment (BBAMC), written alongside colleagues from the Office of Health Economics and PATH.
In the Philippines, anecdotes on the dwindling use of essential healthcare services as an indirect consequence of COVID-19 pandemic are mounting, but compelling evidence remains scarce up to this day. In this study, we examined the magnitude of decline in insurance claims of twelve high burden diseases and five common procedures from 1,286 public and private hospitals.