COVID-19

Call for information

Dear Be-cause health members,

We live in complex times. Many of us are directly involved in activities related to the (consequences of) the Covid-19 epidemic. New waves of the pandemic strike in many countries with new variants of the virus. HICs are still hit very hard, but the exceptional position of Africa is being threatened as well now.

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Vaccination is the other hot topic for the moment. Securing high number of vaccine doses and closing deals with manufacturers occupy the forefront of news sites. COVAX, CDC Africa, Chinese, Russian, Indian and EU vaccine diplomacy are common headlines.

To cite Hans Kluge, Director of WHO Europe: Be it vaccine allocation and prioritization, access to medical supplies and tests, or public health measures and policies to control the pandemic, we have a responsibility to base decisions on the core values that are at the heart of humanity: solidarity, equity and social justice.  It is the only way out of these uncertain times because no one is safe until everyone is safe.

People express more and more concern about the economic and social consequences of containment measures. Still, we all have the same goal of helping to contain the epidemic, improving/maintaining population health, and/or keeping populations and health staff healthy and safe. New stringent measures are in the making in HICs. It is likely that Africa will (have to) follow suit again.

We invite you to share (becausehealth@itg.be) documents, analyses, technical information, etc… that you consider useful for yourself and other Be-cause health members. We are particularly interested in information related to concrete Covid-19 policies, interventions and other initiatives & strategies taken in specific countries. We are sure this type of exchanges can be beneficial to all.

Your information, experiences, questions and proposals will be centralised and structured on the Be-cause health website.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Elies Van Belle, Chair
Xavier de Béthune, Coordinator a.i.



Results of the Be-cause health survey on Covid activities by Belgian actors in the early phase of the COVID pandemic (04-06/2019)


Important!


Follow the situation of the pandemic


Vaccination


Disease and treatment information


Follow-up of therapeutic possibilities


General information


COVID-19 in Africa


Health Systems Organisation 


Mental Health


SRHR and COVID-19: A series of surveys led by ITM

The ITM Sexual and Reproductive Health Group has been at the forefront of COVID-19 research as a lead of a large consortium of partner organisations on research aiming to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of essential maternal and newborn care globally. We are running a global online survey of maternal and newborn health professionals, aiming to understand how health professionals and health facilities prepare and respond to COVID-19 in regard to the care provided to women and their babies during antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. This is a repeat cross-sectional study with an embedded longitudinal cohort. Round 3 is currently ongoing: submit your responses to the COVID-19 Maternity Survey – Round 3. You are invited to participate whether you took part in previous rounds or not. The questionnaire is available in English, French, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, German, Kiswahili and Slovak.

Link to survey