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

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This week’s Focus Friday highlights the importance of comprehensive data when analyzing the health impacts of COVID-19, attending to the differentiated health needs of children, women, and men  as well as ensuring access to water and sanitation as part of the pandemic response.


Coronametrics 101 | Blog

Over the last month we’ve seen a lot of coronavirus charts, but there are a few issues on charting coronavirus data. This post points out some pitfalls for the unwary, calls for broadening coverage out to the developing world, and introduces a new type of chart that captures mortality, cases and case fatality. 


The coronavirus is not gender-blind, nor should we be | Blog

COVID-19 can affect men and women differently. While men are at higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than women, women and girls also face specific health vulnerabilities during the current crisis. Globally, 88 percent of personal care workers and 69 percent of health professionals are female, making women more susceptible to COVID-19 exposure.


Let’s keep the progress eliminating Malaria – while fighting COVID-19 (coronavirus) | Blog

As we mark World Malaria Day on April 25, there’s a lot to be proud of. Decades of work have led to the decline of global cases. However, COVID-19 is straining health care systems around the world and posing a substantial threat to Africa. Responding to this pandemic is a top priority, but we must also keep making progress on other diseases, including malaria.


Tackling COVID-19 (coronavirus) with water, sanitation and hygiene in DRC | Feature Story

The World Bank is providing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services as part of the pandemic response in the DRC, as data shows that at least half of health facilities lacked basic water or sanitation. During an infectious disease outbreak, ensuring health facilities have safe water supply and soap allows medical professionals to provide care safely while also protecting their own well-being. 


GFF leaders warn of emerging secondary global health crisis from disruptions in primary health care due to COVID-19 | Press Release

As the pandemic escalates in low- and lower-middle income countries, global health and development leaders warned of the growing risk of widespread disruptions in access to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services and to nutrition. They urged immediate steps to prevent a secondary global health crisis.


Priyanka Ripley

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

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