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In addition to the devastating health impacts of COVID-19, countries are also facing collateral damage to public health from disrupted health services and limited disaster preparedness response systems.  As Gulf Cooperation Council countries are investing more in human capital to improve their health outcomes, Malawi is gathering data to monitor the socio-economic and health impacts of COVID-19.


Killer #2: Disrupted health services during COVID-19 | Blog

In countries where health systems already struggle to meet their population’s needs, the stress of COVID-19 is likely to disrupt essential health services. While the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for increasing overall mortality, the indirect effects of the pandemic need not increase mortality from other preventable diseases.  We need to pay special attention to weakened health systems with reduced availability and utilization of routine services during the pandemic.


Hurricanes don’t know borders. Neither does a pandemic | Blog

The economic and health impacts of COVID-19 are making already-disaster-prone countries more vulnerable than ever before. The pandemic means communities need to prepare even more thoroughly for disasters, as resources are limited or have been reallocated to respond to the health crisis. Effective preparedness will depend on real-time information sharing to understand where the disaster impacts are and ensure public health information reaches those who need it most.


COVID-19 has increased the need for investing in Human Capital in the GCC | Blog

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected health and education systems, the labor market, and social protection across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. For example, 50% of regular health care visits were not provided and GCC countries face relatively high adult mortality and morbidity due to noncommunicable diseases. But despite these setbacks, the pandemic has presented an opportunity to accelerate some reforms that would have otherwise taken longer to be adopted.


High-frequency monitoring of COVID-19 impacts: first results from Malawi | Blog

The Malawi National Statistical Office (NSO), in collaboration with the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) program launched the High-Frequency Phone Survey on COVID-19 in May 2020 to track the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic in Malawi. Key findings found that nearly all respondents were worried about themselves or their immediate family member(s) becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Ten percent of households reported needing medical treatment but not being able to access it.


Priyanka Ripley

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

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