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

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The World Bank is launching a new fund that will complement its current financing and support for COVID-19 measures. Global experts gauge the potential impacts of the pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how to leverage data to minimize the economic cost of containment efforts. Meanwhile, grassroots women’s groups in India are organizing to combat the disease.

 

World Bank Group to Launch New Multi-Donor Trust Fund to Help Countries Prepare for Disease OutbreaksStatement

Given the urgency for stronger global health security and the need to help developing countries get better prepared for disease outbreaks, the World Bank Group is planning to establish a new Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Multi-Donor Fund (HEPRF). This new fund will complement and be in addition to the up to $160 billion of financing the World Bank Group will provide over the next 15 months to support COVID-19 measures that will help countries respond to immediate health consequences of the pandemic and bolster economic recovery.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Africa: Questions and answers with Dr. Muhammad PateBlog

Global health experts fear the virus’ potential impact on Sub-Saharan Africa, where many countries have weaker health systems. World Bank Global Director for Health, Nutrition, and Population, Dr. Muhammad Pate, offers his perspective on Africa’s capacity for dealing with the pandemic, what the World Bank is doing to support countries, and his advice to leaders.

 

Putting epidemiology at the service of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemicBlog

We have an unprecedented opportunity to estimate the distributional patterns and trends of COVID-19 cases through mass screening or random surveys and sentinel site surveillance. These tools can provide a thorough analysis of cases broken down by key epidemiologic characteristics of the infected, asymptomatic and recovered by location; and can help determine how to approach containment in specific geographies.

 

How much health financing does Sub-Saharan Africa need to fight COVID-19 (coronavirus)?Blog

Estimates for the region suggest that between 110 million and 720 million people could become infected with COVID-19. Additional health financing needs to prepare, respond, and treat COVID-19 are estimated to be between 1.5 and 3 percent of the GDP in Sub-Saharan Africa covering a period of 250 days. 

 

In India, women’s self-help groups combat the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic | Feature Story

Women’s self-help groups in India are managing shortfalls in masks, sanitizers and protective equipment, running community kitchens, fighting misinformation and even providing banking and financial solutions to far-flung communities. 

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Priyanka Ripley

Digital communications consultant with the Health, Nutrition and Population communications team

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