Why are funerals superspreading events for COVID-19 in Kurdistan?

  In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), funerals appear to be one of the most significant superspreading events for COVID-19. Officials from the Ministry of Health (MoH) referred to funerals as the source of clusters of cases in several locations. One funeral, for example, accounted for the largest spike in COVID-19 cases on a single day. The role […]

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Disruption as an opportunity: giving rise to a global ethos for planetary health

  Life as we know it has, for millions of people around the globe, been put on-hold because of the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic. Positive consequences so far recorded include unpolluted skies, cleaner waterways and thriving wildlife.1 Meanwhile, some richer nations have begun to question their socio-economic priorities. This is an opportunity to think carefully how we […]

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Decentralized response to COVID-19 in Nepal

  The world is battling with COVID-19 and each country is embracing shared but distinct strategies. COVID-19 presents additional challenge in low- and middle-income countries like Nepal, where the health system is often not adequately prepared to manage the epidemic. Facilities for hand washing and infection prevention at health facilities are minimum requirements and are […]

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COVID-19 response in Uganda: notes and reflections

This blog is a part of #COVID19Africa Series Uganda typically experiences recurring disease outbreaks throughout the year is in a state of continuous alerts (1). The country has invested in the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) system which has helped to mitigate numerous outbreaks. Despite our fairly advanced surveillance system, the threat of an […]

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Giving birth amid a pandemic in Belgium: the challenges faced by mothers and midwives

  Many voices have arisen as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds to draw attention on the numerous hidden repercussions of the crisis. The magnitude of those consequences will probably be clear only in the aftermath of the pandemic. But one thing is certain: both patients and healthcare workers have been deeply impacted. Since April 22, with […]

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Elder Care during COVID-19 : Reflections from Shanghai

  On January 23, 2020, Wuhan, a Chinese city with over 10 million people, was locked down due to COVID-19. Subsequently, all cities in China instituted the highest level emergency response. The response mandated home isolation, reduced unessential hospital visits, restricted social activities, and the use of personal protection equipment (e.g., face masks) outdoors. We […]

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First line response to COVID-19: community health centres and doctors’ offices in Guinea

This blog is a part of #COVID19Africa Series. Click for French version Guinea’s health sector is primarily public. The first line of healthcare consists of more than 410 public health facilities, some 100 private non-profit facilities, and many private for-profit doctors’ offices. Even before the first COVID-19 case was reported in Guinea on 12 March […]

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Is India detecting enough cases to be able to contain COVID-19? A dive into sub-national data

In a bid to control COVID-19, India is in the midst of a 21- day lockdown. It is increasingly becoming clear that COVID-19 cannot be solved in a 21-day race. The big question on everyone’s mind is how, when, and in what form COVID-19 will end? Successful containment comprises tracking the disease transmission within a […]

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