The International Community Has One Job: Getting COVID-19 Under Control

“We have seen calls for solidarity and kindness fall on deaf ears—it is time to stop hoping or pretending that this will be enough. What’s really needed is concerted action, dedicated financing, and a pact among nations to finally deal with COVID-19.”

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The Indirect Health Effects of COVID-19: Emerging Findings from Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, and Uganda

“There is a continued need for governments and their global health partners to invest in generating local data and evidence, not just modeled effects, that can build our understanding of what’s happening on the ground. This includes facility-level data but also collecting information at the community level, leveraging opportunities through community health workers and other methods.”

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Direct and Indirect Health Effects of Lockdown in South Africa

“The net health effect of COVID-19 lockdowns in South Africa cannot yet be assessed because causes of death data have not been made available. There is reason to anticipate significant future health consequences of lockdown.”

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Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Health Services and Mitigation Measures in Uganda

“The lockdown reduced access to health services while institutional mortality fell due to reduced number of patients. There is need to emphasize other mitigation measures rather than lockdowns.”

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How Can We Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Developers to Expand Manufacturing Capacity?

“The benefits of vaccine manufacturing capacity expansion are much higher to society than to a vaccine developer. Underinvestment in manufacturing capacity which leads to slower pace of vaccination creates an average monthly GDP loss of $500 billion—a cost borne by all of society.”

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Africa’s Crisis Recovery Requires Upgrading the Global Financial Safety Net

“Critically, the World Bank and other multilateral development banks should commit to make greater and enhanced use of guarantees and other risk management instruments to help African countries lower borrowing and project implementation costs.”

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Is Africa Wasting the Pandemic-Induced Economic Crisis?

“In many African countries, the economic response to the crisis so far appears to have been broadly less consistent than the health response. For mitigation measures to be stronger and more effective, and for sustained recovery to take place, governments, central banks, and regional institutions will need to make tough policy choices, promote coordinated and collaborative policy implementation, and embrace bold and innovative reforms.”

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Accelerating Progress of Low-Income Countries Towards the SDGs: Balancing Realism and Ambition in a Post-COVID-19 World

“The less-than-propitious context of the pandemic makes it critical that all development partners balance realism and ambition in looking for ways to sustain the progress of low income countries towards the SDGs in the decade that lies ahead. This will require a mix of short- and longer-term actions, and a spirit of global partnership that is much deeper than has been in evidence recently.”

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Afro-European Partnerships in Health: Accelerating Better Efficiency of Health Spending

“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, many sub-Saharan African countries will face serious economic crises and shrinking public spending. One area that may be hit hardest is the health sector, where two decades of hard-fought gains in health access and outcomes may be at risk owing to declining public financing and uncertainty in donor programming.”

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Bargaining with Beijing: A Tale of Two Borrowers

“The fact that the Republic of Congo was worse off after rescheduling its debts with Beijing underscores the importance of exposing these deals to public scrutiny before they are finalized and building borrower country capacity to negotiate more favorable deals.”

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