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.
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 (email@example.com) 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)
Follow the situation of the pandemic
- Johns Hopkins University
- WHO Coronavirus dashboard
- Global Outbreak and Alert Response Network
- Excess mortality in Europe
- Belgian Federal Public Service (Ministry)
- OECD country policy tracker
- Regular updates of news items and surveys to take part in
- Pays de la CDEAO: Covid19Afrique
- Vaccine equity tracker
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement COVID-19 Data Tracker, Using Shewhart Charts to Understand Variation in COVID-19 Reported Deaths, (IHI)
- UK COVID-19 Government Response Tracker
- Al Jazeera: Infographic: How has the world changed since C0VID-19
- Vaccines: Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker – NY Times
- The COVAX facility
- Preparing National Deployment and Vaccination plans
- Setting priorities for vaccination
- WHO (2020) Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context interim guidance
- Webinar “Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur le vaccin contre le COVID-19 sans oser le demander”: The Public Health School of ULB organised a webinar on COVID-19 vaccination on the 4th of February 2021 and Elisabeth Paul, chair of the ‘WG’ Belgium Network of Global Researchers – Research in Health Policy & Systems was one of the speakers. Read more about the webinar and re-watch it through this link to MS Teams. The webinar is French spoken.
Disease and treatment information
- Overview of immunology related to COVID/SARS-Cov-2
- Improving Hospital Oxygen Systems for COVID-19 in Low-Resource Settings: Lessons From the Field
Follow-up of therapeutic possibilities
- Medication: Coronavirus Drug and Treatment Tracker – NY Times
- SRHR: Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A repository of ideas, adaptations and lessons learned across the globe
COVID-19 in Africa
Health Systems Organisation
- Mental health and COVID-19: Technical Guidance WHO
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak – WHO
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.