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How Might COVID-19 Affect the Cost of Providing Immunization?

16 July 2020

Article by Christina Banks

The Learning Network for Countries in Transition (LNCT) is a country-driven network dedicated to peer learning to support countries as they transition away from Gavi support to full domestic financing of their national immunization programs. In many LNCT and other low- and middle- income countries, immunization service provision has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 […]

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Immunization campaigns during the Covid-19 pandemic: A rapid analysis of the additional operational cost

08 July 2020

The below content is presented as a poster at the Virtual COVID-19 Conference on July 10-11, 2020. It was prepared by Christina Banks and Laura Boonstoppel. This work was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Background Most mass immunization campaigns have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic Precautionary measures will need to […]

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Primary care for HIV positive patients in Mozambique: Findings from a nation-wide time and motion study

06 July 2020

The below content is presented as a poster at the AIDS2020 virtual conference on July 6-10, 2020. It was prepared by Flavia Moi, Federica Fabozzi, Michela Romanelli, and Jorge Cabral.  Background With an estimated 2.2 million people living with HIV—for a prevalence of 12.6% among adults—and a health professional to population ratio well below international […]

Volunteering to Fight Covid-19 in the Philippines

26 June 2020

Article by Leah Breen

Taking action to fight the coronavirus reaches beyond the workday for ThinkWell’s Philippines team. On the side, they’re volunteering their expertise in these six ways: Matching health workers to health facilities: When coronavirus cases started spreading through the Philippines, Administrative and Finance Coordinator Susan Rosales stepped in to help. As a volunteer, she provided administrative […]

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From Ebola to Covid-19: How Uganda Can Adapt its Response to the Current Crisis

24 June 2020

Article by Anooj Pattnaik

This blog has been posted with kind permission from Health Policy and Planning Debated How countries are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic is not only driven by technical and sociopolitical considerations, but also by their recent histories. Uganda is an example of a country whose government’s response has been greatly informed by their recent battles […]

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Never let a crisis go to waste: Is COVID-19 an opportunity to align health financing systems in Burkina Faso?

23 June 2020

Article by Matt Boxshall

This piece originally appeared on P4H The COVID-19 crisis offers Burkina Faso the chance to land on a more coherent approach to health financing. All sights are trained on the health system right now because of the COVID-19 crisis, and within the COVID-19 response lies Burkina Faso’s best chance at addressing fragmentation in health financing. In […]

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Bolstering the Coronavirus Response in the Philippines

11 June 2020

Article by Leah Breen

On January 30, the Philippines reported its first coronavirus case. Fast forward 38 days and the government declared a state of emergency on March 9. Soon afterwards, ThinkWell’s Philippines team dove headfirst into tackling the challenges as the pandemic swept through the country. Scaling-up testing capacity In January and February, the country had a single […]

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Six Ways Countries Can Prepare for Tomorrow’s Pandemic Today

10 June 2020

Article by Leah Breen

Five months into the coronavirus crisis, the pandemic has permeated nearly all corners of the globe. Everywhere, Covid-19’s impact is exposing gaps in health systems’ capacity to ensure that people can access high-quality, affordable care. In low and middle-income countries (LMICs) with limited healthcare capacity, crowded living conditions, and inadequate access to sanitation resources, people […]

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UPDATE: The additional operational cost of conducting immunization campaigns during the Covid-19 pandemic

09 June 2020

Article by Laura Boonstoppel

Note: This is an update of a post that was published on the 15th of May. This update reflects newly published guidance from WHO on the implementation of campaigns in the context of COVID-19. Many immunization campaigns have been suspended to prevent increased COVID-19 transmission, but some campaigns will nevertheless need to go ahead, with […]

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ThinkWell Stands Against Racism, Injustice, and Inequality

09 June 2020

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

In these last few months, two dangerous illnesses have taken center stage in our lives. The first sickness, COVID-19, has radically changed the way we live. The second, an ever-present disease, has stepped back into the spotlight – the sickness of racism. Most of us who have entered the field of global public health have […]

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