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. The second wave of the pandemic strikes in many countries, especially in the HIC of the Western world. Africa seems more preserved than other continents, the variability in Latin America and Asia is largely unexplained.
People expressing concern about the economic and social consequences of containment measures become more vocal with time. 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.
We invite you to share 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.
Please, send us the information you want to share, and questions or proposals that you might have. These could be related to country situations, technical issues related to public health, topics related to the health care process, etc…
If you have Covid-19 related information that you would like to share through Be-cause health, please send an email to email@example.com
Thank you in advance for your input.
Elies Van Belle, Chair
Xavier de Béthune, Coordinator a.i.
Virtual ITM annual Colloquium on COVID-19: October 27-29th, 2020: The registration is free but obligatory. You can find all information and the registration form on the colloquium website.
- Medical Product Alert N°4/2020: Falsified chloroquine products circulating in the WHO region of Africa
- New six-month report flags growing number of medical product quality concerns relating to COVID-19
Follow the situation of the pandemic
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
- Vaccines: Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker – NY Times
- International Health Policy (IHP) newsletter and COVID-19
- Travel information ITM on COVID-19
- Coronavirus – Events as they happen – Rolling updates WHO
COVID-19 in Africa
- COVID-19 in Africa: Latest article in the Lancet
- COVID-19 in Africa: Examining theories for Africa’s low death rates
- COVID-19 in Africa: Overview of COVID in Africa
- COVID-19 in Africa: Quelles conséquences pour l’Afrique ?
- Covid-19 in Africa: The COVID-19 pandemic: diverse contexts; different epidemics—how and why?” BMJ Global Health by Prof. Dr. Wim Van Damme and coll.
- COVID-19 in West and Central Africa – We need a human rights-based response: Read the full call.
- COVID-19 in Africa: About mathematical models and differntiation of contexts
- COVID-19 in Africa: Belgian television interview of Prof. Dr. Wim Van Damme on the situation in SSAfrica (interview via link in article – only in Dutch)
- COVID-19 in Africa: Covid-19 in DRC & in sub-Saharan Africa. Observations & reflections (v6) on IHP document by Prof. Dr. Wim Van Damme
- COVID-19 in DRC : Plan de réponse humanitaire RDC COVID-19
- COVID-19 in DRC, Mauritania and Guinea-Conakry: (Eng) Three blog articles on the impact of COVID-19 on the ‘frontline’ health services in DRC Congo, Guinea-Conakry and Mauritania, have been published in the British Medical Journal Global Health. (Fr) Trois articles de blog au sujet de l’impact de COVID-19 sur les soins de santé de “première ligne » en RDC, en Guinée-Conakry et en Mauritanie ont été publiés dans le British Medical Journal Global Health.
Health Systems Organisation
- Are high performing health systems more resilient – The Lancet
- Country technical guidance WHO by topic
- Evaluer les effets des différentes mesures de lutte contre le covid-19, mission impossible?
- COVID 19 in China: What does China’s experience teach us in the battle against the corona virus, according to the World Health Organization? – Viva Salud
- Mental health and COVID-19: Technical Guidance WHO
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak – WHO
- Quarantine and psychological consequences – The Lancet
- Global Mental Health – Harvard weekly newsletter
- COVID-19: A Gender Lens – UNFPA Technical Brief
- What implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights
- What does the Covid-19 pandemic mean for SRHR? What we know for now
SRHR and COVID-19: A series of surveys led by ITM
- SRHR & COVID-19: Survey ITM : ITM-led global survey of maternity providers during COVID-19 outbreak
- Results from the first ITM survey (see link above) : What are the possible effects of the #COVID19 pandemic on maternal and newborn health care worldwide? The first findings of a study by ITM researchers show an alarming decline in the use of services, and the availability and quality of maternal and newborn care. In addition, the progress made in recent decades is in danger of being reversed. – WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST? ITM researchers study the impact of COVID-19 on maternal and newborn health care worldwide
- The ITM team launches the second part of their survey: https://bit.ly/2NYGx2a. For questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Lenka Benova.
- NEW: Results of the first survey and experience from Malawi and Nepal were shown in this video:
- COVID-19: New Insights on a Rapidly Changing Epidemic: – opinion American Medical Association
- Deciphering the power of isolation – The Lancet
- Global_Research_Forum_COVID 2019 – PHEIC WHO_2020
- EU guidance clinical trials COVID-19
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – R & D – WHO Key actions
- Towards a Research Roadmap – WHO
- A survey of nongovernmental organizations on their use of WHO’s prequalification programme – QUAMED/ITM (Bulletin WHO)
- General information
- ITM joins COVID-19 research coalition
- ITM: study of the number of COVID-19 infections among healthcare workers in Belgian hospitals
- ITM participates in monitoring project to contain impact of new diseases
Country & Regional Information
- COVID-19 in Italy: Italian lesson -The Lancet
- COVID-19 in Taiwan: Taiwan covid masks – The Lancet
- COVID-19 in Taiwan: Taiwan strategy – American Medical Association
- Country responses to COVID-19 – cambridge.org
- COVID-19 in Vietnam: Vietnam war against COVID-19
- COVID-19 in Sweden: ‘Closing borders is ridiculous’: the epidemiologist behind Sweden’s controversial coronavirus strategy – Nature
- COVID-19 in Sweden: About herd immunity and the absence of face masks, but forgetting the homes for the elderly
- COVID 19 in Belgium: About protecting the hospital capacity but forgetting the homes for the elderly
COVID-19 and sustainable development
- International Public Finance and COVID-19: A New Architecture is Urgently Needed – The IEL collective
Local production of face masks and hand sanitizer in the face of COVID-19: