In partnership with public health institutions in eight African countries, Resolve to Save Lives released an issue brief outlining five proven approaches for national governments to significantly improve epidemic detection and containment in their communities. The model is based on joint efforts among African nations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases over the past five years. The resulting recommendations, informed by on-the-ground experience, serve as a pathway forward for countries and global institutions to more quickly find and stop health threats by improving health protection at the country level.
Our Ethiopia team marked World Hypertension Day with an event at Maychew Health Center in Addis Ababa featuring representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Addis Ababa Health Bureau and the Cardiac and Heart Association. A patient from the Ethiopia Hypertension Control Initiative also spoke about the experience of receiving hypertension care. Participants highlighted the success of the Simple App roll out, with Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse calling for a scale up of the use of Simple in the future. At the conclusion of the event, speakers and other participants were screened for high blood pressure.
Under Pressure: Strategies to improve access to medicines to treat high blood pressure in low- and middle- income countries
We released a new report, developed in collaboration with the Médecins Sans Frontières Access project, that identifies barriers to affordable blood pressure medication in LMICs and underscores the need for a transformation of the global blood pressure medicines market to make life-saving medicines more affordable and available.
Our U.S. COVID-19 Response team embedded staff members with the Wake County, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) to protect and improve community health during the pandemic. Beginning in February 2021, WCHHS began implementing a vaccine equity strategy to reach underserved communities. One of the prioritized census tracts increased vaccinations by 29.7% relative to other non-prioritized tracts in the county. Canvassing efforts and geo-targeted information campaigns were instrumental in building trust between community members and vaccine providers, which led to more people getting vaccinated through word-of-mouth encouragement.
Since 2017, Resolve to Save Lives has helped the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the African Field Epidemiology Network establish and maintain the Revolving Outbreak Investigation Fund (ROIF). This provides for the rapid release of funds for the NCDC to investigate, verify and control infectious outbreaks. With this support, Nigeria has reduced its average viral threat response time from six to two days.
Our team supported the Global Health Advocacy Incubator to generate a 100% increase in funding for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control between 2019 and 2021.
Our team launched a new short online course called Advocacy for Health Workers, focused on helping health workers develop the essential skills needed to advocate for safer health systems and workplaces. The course features short videos created by the Community Health Impact Coalition and the Stanford Center for Health Education's Digital Medic initiative.
Since March 2020, our U.S. COVID-19 Response team worked with public health officials, health department staff and key stakeholder organizations to promote equitable and efficient vaccine rollout and advance prevention, testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation strategies to help end the pandemic. As the team winds down, we put together a video highlighting its work and achievements.
Artificial trans fats have no known health benefits and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. Resolve to Save Lives partnered with the NCD Alliance to produce a video on the dangers of trans fats and what we need to do to eliminate them from the global food supply.
Yesterday, Resolve to Save Lives published an article with the Queen Mary University of London and World Action on Salt and Sugar, spotlighting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new targets for reducing sodium in processed foods. The delay in finalizing these targets may have cost more than 250,000 lives. If they are implemented quickly, we can prevent 400,000 deaths over the next decade.
Our team worked with the African Society for Laboratory Medicine and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen COVID-19 testing capacity across the African continent. An external quality assurance scheme ensured the tests were of high quality.
Dr. Renu Garg has joined Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) as Senior Vice President of Cardiovascular Health. Dr. Garg previously served as the World Health Organization Representative for Thailand and brings to RTSL more than three decades of experience implementing large-scale public health programs in low- and middle-income countries.
New report on COVID-19 in Africa shows widespread willingness to get vaccinated, underscoring need for consistent supply and additional logistical support
The fourth and final PERC report indicates that people in African Union Member States are overwhelmingly willing to get vaccinated. The report considers why global vaccination efforts have been plagued by inequity, as well as the logistical challenges to vaccinating the African continent. It further outlines the continued importance of preventive measures—particularly individual measures such as masking and social distancing—that minimize the social or economic harm that can occur when mobility, economic and social gathering restrictions are imposed.
Health Care Worker Profiles Spotlight the Human Impact of Strengthening Infection Prevention and Control
As the International Year of Health and Care Workers comes to a close, our team spotlights on-the-ground challenges and successes in promoting infection prevention and control through a series of health care worker profiles. The health care workers featured are from Last Mile Health and Jhpiego, two of our implementing partners for an emergency response initiative to improve health care worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The third annual progress report for the REPLACE initiative highlights global progress toward eliminating artificial trans fat. Read the report here.
Our team worked with a coalition including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization to improve Nigeria’s ability to test for yellow fever. Time to confirm yellow fever used to be over 30 days. Through systems strengthening, time to confirm fell to within 24 hours.
The Voices of Long COVID campaign launched in order to increase public awareness of long COVID and increase vaccine uptake, particularly among people ages 18-29. The campaign shows the real-life stories of three young COVID long-haulers who have been battling debilitating post-COVID health problems over the past year.
The Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 released results from its fourth survey on attitudes about public health and social measures as well as vaccination. The survey was fielded in 19 African Union Member States; read the country briefs here.
We published our step-by-step guide with resources and tools to help program managers scale up national hypertension programs in the Journal of Human Hypertension . Read the manuscript here.
The latest in-depth science review from our Prevent Epidemics team debunks the myth that the world is facing an imminent glut of vaccines and discusses barriers to global vaccination, including supply and equity. We have repeatedly squandered opportunities to better address supply shortages through technology transfer and the creation of additional production hubs.