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Supporting health care workers to promote service continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana

In Ghana, health care workers and patients were exposed to and contracting COVID-19 due to lack of protective equipment. Our team facilitated trainings for health care workers on how to deliver services during COVID-19 and distributed PPE including gowns, gloves, masks and hand sanitizer to 186 facilities.

In it for the Long Haul: More Questions than Answers on the Lasting Health Effects of COVID-19

Some COVID-19 survivors have experienced new, returning or ongoing health problems that persist long after the acute illness. Symptoms range from fatigue, to brain fog, to shortness of breath. It is critical we increase vaccination to reduce those who get infected with the virus, and prevent lasting health problems due to COVID-19.

Strengthening Primary Healthcare for Increasing Population Health Resilience

At the second Global Health Conference of Bo’ao Forum for Asia in China, Dr. Tom Frieden presented a keynote discussing how primary health care is the most needed, and the most neglected aspect of global health systems. Panelists from WHO China and Thailand spoke of population health resilience and cases of strengthening primary health care systems.

Highlighting the importance of health care workers

The May 2021 edition of the International Journal of Health Planning and Management included an article written by the Prevent Epidemics team on our report, Protecting Health Care Workers: A Need for Urgent Action, and featured artwork from the report as the cover image.

To prevent a catastrophic third wave of COVID-19 in Africa, look at data to drive the response

Senior Vice President of our Prevent Epidemics team, Amanda McClelland, coauthored an OpEd for CNBC Africa with Dr. Richard Mihigo of the World Health Organization about key findings and recommendations from the Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 .

Taming the World’s Leading Killer: High Blood Pressure

Our President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden released an OpEd on CNN about the urgent need to address high blood pressure and what we can do to stop this killer: lower daily salt consumption and promote proper treatment and medications.

Protecting, safeguarding and investing in the health and care workforce

The World Health Assembly passed a resolution, Protecting, safeguarding and investing in the health and care workforce , calling for countries to improve data collection in tracking health and care workers’ morbidity and mortality. Ethiopia led advocacy efforts, which we supported in our January report, Protecting Health Care Workers: A Need for Urgent Action .

COVID-19 in Africa: Are reported cases and deaths only the eyes of the hippo?

Though 17% of the world’s population resides in Africa, it has reported less than 3% of global COVID-19 cases and less than 4% of deaths. Our latest In-Depth Science Review explores underreported cases and deaths in Africa.

Statement by Dr. Tom Frieden on the Biden Administration’s Announcement to Donate COVID-19 Vaccines

The Biden Administration announced it will share 80 million vaccine doses for the global vaccination effort. Dr. Tom Frieden said that not only is this another step towards ending the Covid pandemic, but it’s crucial these vaccines are used strategically and, “directed toward people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, particularly health workers and people 60 and over.”

New lives saved calculator models the impact of cardiovascular health interventions

On World Hypertension Day, we launched a new tool with the University of Washington to help policymakers, advocates and health experts visualize how millions more lives can be saved when countries adopt evidence-based hypertension prevention and treatment policies. The new tool models the number of lives that could be saved by the year 2040 when hypertension control and lower salt consumption goals are reached.


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