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Focus Friday: Top COVID-19 (coronavirus) news this week

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As public health experts examine the complex interlinkages between public health and economic recovery, advances in renewable energy and telemedicine are promising solutions for building back better, more resilient health systems . Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to impact vulnerable populations the hardest, such as Afro-Latin Americans, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.


Renewable energy for health care in Sri Lanka, during COVID-19 and beyond | Blog

Given all the options, what tools are available to design power solutions for hospitals without full grid electricity? COVID-19 is prompting a fresh look at options to ensure reliable power for health facilities, including the Vavuniya General Hospital in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. In line with an overall push to boost the share of renewables, the government of Sri Lanka is pursuing new power solutions for Vavuniya and about 20 other hospitals across the nation.


What will it take to achieve COVID-19 containment and economic revival? | Blog

As countries grapple with the impact of COVID-19, policy makers are seeking effective, balanced solutions to address both public health and economic recovery challenges. Policy makers see that public health and economic recovery are intertwined. Panelists were optimistic that countries will be better prepared for any future waves of the disease with greater knowledge and experience now of what works to minimize both the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.


Afro-Latin Americans, race and social inclusion in times of COVID-19 | Blog

COVID-19 has not been color-blind in Latin America, where many regions have a high concentration of Afro-descendants - many of whom have preconditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus, including high prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, obesity - added to poor access to health care. Still, these communities have quickly organized to provide services unmet by overwhelmed health systems and financially overstretched governments.


After coronavirus, telemedicine is here to stay | Blog

Before the pandemic, the global telemedicine industry was already expected to grow at an estimated 15% a year by mid-decade, but some analysts believe it will now accelerate to 19.3% and forecast a projected value of $175.5 billion over the same period. Much of that growth is linked to emerging markets, which are quickly adopting telemedicine to provide health care to underserved populations.


3 ways to improve COVID-19 response to elderly care and persons with disabilities | Blog

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed numerous weak points in the systems of care throughout the world. While hitting all population segments worldwide, the pandemic threat is particularly high in the case of elderly and persons with disabilities (PwDs). Building resilient and accessible systems that prioritize both residential and home-based care, enhanced government oversight, and the smart incorporation of IT solutions and social protection systems can prepare societies to safeguard their dependent populations of frail elderly, PwDs, and others from this crisis and others in the future.


Priyanka Ripley

External Affairs Consultant with the Health, Nutrition and Population communications team

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