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

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The World Bank Group has developed a set of ethics principles for private health providers as they face enormous financial pressures due to the pandemic.   Meanwhile, focus is increasing on ensuring persons with disabilities have equitable access to health services pre and post recovery, and the growing evidence that public transport may not be a danger to public health. As health care systems across South Asia face a myriad of challenges, Bangladesh is trying to reprioritize health in its national agenda to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their people’s out-of-pocket health payments.

Ethics Play Key Role in Universal Health Care Push | Blog

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world's health care infrastructure under massive pressure. Health care providers face unique challenges, clinics and hospitals have been hit with a huge cash crunch, and private health organizations face diminished revenues.  Managers and health practitioners are constantly making critical decisions at short notice. The World Bank and IFC have developed a detailed set of principles to help them meet high ethical standards as they make these decisions.

A case for building a stronger health care system in Bangladesh | Blog

From poor management to the quality of available health care, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many vulnerabilities in health care systems across South Asian countries, including Bangladesh.  Allocation to the health sector stands at 5.14 percent of the total FY21 budget and is less than 1 percent of GDP.  This low expenditure towards health is not a new phenomenon. The global COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity for the government to reprioritize health in the national agenda.

In the fight against COVID-19, public transport should be the hero, not the villain | Blog

There is growing evidence that public transport riders do not face higher infection risk than anyone else.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, most public transport operators have quickly stepped up to the plate and taken concrete action to make transit systems COVID-safe for staff and passengers. For the sake of public health, economic recovery, and environmental sustainability, we must keep the momentum going to preserve the appeal of public transport.

Ensuring an equitable recovery: Disability inclusion in post-disaster planning | Blog

The COVID-19 crisis disproportionally impacts the most vulnerable and marginalized groups who lack access to essential health, education, and sanitation services.  If we took the needs of persons with disabilities into account, we could reduce these disproportionate risks by making healthcare and education readily available by enrolling all schoolchildren in training programs that will help them respond to disasters, and ensuring healthcare is accessible to persons with disabilities before and after a disaster.



Priyanka Ripley

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

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