To Decolonize Global Health, We Must Examine the Global Political Economy

“These costs demonstrate that we cannot talk about decolonizing without discussing colonialism’s most fundamental legacy in global health: a political economy that prioritizes financial sustainability over access to health care in countries where ‘resource limitations’ have always been externally imposed.”

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Trade in the Time of Pandemics

“To assure equity and affordability of access to the poor and rich alike, to save lives, and protect everyone, flexibilities in current WTO rules governing trade in medical products during a global public health emergency should be used to the maximum extent possible.”

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We May Never Get to Herd Immunity

“Even countries fortunate enough to procure sufficient quantities of vaccine may never reach herd immunity, in which case COVID-19 could become a seasonal affliction that comes each year. Many factors will be determinative – some already well understood and others not.”

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COVID-19: A Wakeup Call to Africa For Investing In Responsive And Resilient Health-Care Systems

“The majority of health systems in Africa lack adequate financial resources to deliver much-needed quality health care. Many are dependent on government funding, which in turn relies on a weak tax-base and is often constrained by competing public needs such as agriculture, education and infrastructural development.”

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Solidarity, Agility and Continuity: Three Cornerstones of Ethiopia’s COVID-19 Response

“Resilience of health programs and other essential services today will become the gateway for a better Ethiopia tomorrow.”

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The Africa We Want: Protecting Health and Livelihood

“Deepening economic integration to boost intra-African trade requires an equal investment in public health structures.”

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The Double Threat of COVID-19 in Africa

“Evidence from past epidemics and initial reports from COVID-19 suggest that the greatest threat of COVID-19 in Africa will be indirect—arising from disruptions in health-care delivery and not from the disease itself.”

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Human rights and the COVID-19 Pandemic

“While the pandemic requires strong responses, we need to ensure that states do not normalize oppressive surveillance and undermine human rights, including the right to freedom of expression and information, and the right to privacy.”

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Who Gets What and Why?

“Many countries lack evidence-informed health policies for purchasing, financing, and covering drugs, medical devices, and surgical procedures. That leads to inefficient or unequal healthcare for their people. This is particularly true in low- and middle-income countries, where health spending was growing an average 6 percent per year before the pandemic.”

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Falling Through the Cracks: COVID-19 and Maternal Deaths in Africa

“As massive efforts are underway to shift scarce medicines, equipment, and health workers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have been struggling to provide essential health services like maternal health care and to do so safely.”

via Think Global Health