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Two Hundred Thousand and (Not) Counting

As the United States hit the gruesome milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19, program director Thoai Ngo and colleagues Charlotte Brasseux and Mingqi Song share in Think Global Health how “woefully inadequate and inconsistent data collection and reporting efforts” have hindered the country’s ability to successfully employ targeted efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

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Council Commentary

Enhancing utilization of HIV implementation science findings through the engagement of key decision-makers

Meaningful engagement of key stakeholders throughout the research process is critical to promoting research use in response to the global HIV pandemic. But what does this look like in practice, and what is the added value for those involved? Building on the systematic research utilization process developed by Project SOAR (Supporting Operational AIDS Research), the Population Council hosted an AIDS 2020 Virtual workshop featuring three case studies of collaboration between implementation science (IS) researchers, communities, program managers, and policymakers leading to evidence use across diverse contexts.

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Council Commentary

The Impact of COVID-19 and Progress in Global Education: Commentary

Between February and July 2020, more than 90 percent of school-going children around the world were affected by school closures. Across settings, the crisis is intersecting with entrenched inequities, and COVID-19 related closures and economic instability pose a threat to areas where there has been important, but uneven progress, such as improvements in primary school enrollment and attainment for girls and the narrowing of gender disparities.   

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Media Coverage

One Weak Link and the Whole Thing Falls Apart

In an op-ed for Think Global Health, Thoai Ngo, Program Director for the Council’s Poverty, Gender & Youth Program, and graduate intern Charlotte Brasseux, MPH candidate at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, call for a more structured, uniform, and comprehensive approach to collect, report, and analyze COVID-19 data in the U.S.

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A vulnerability index for the management of and response to the COVID-19 epidemic in India

India now ranks 3rd in the world with the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases.  New Population Council research published in The Lancet Global Health presents a vulnerability index for the management of and response to the COVID-19 epidemic in India, with analyses to the district level. The much-needed index is assisting government efforts to prioritize resource allocation and risk mitigation for those most vulnerable.

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Press Releases

New Council Research Shows Inconsistent and Incomplete Reporting of Key Sociodemographic Data on COVID-19 in the U.S.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (July 15, 2020) -- New Population Council research shows that the COVID-19 data being collected and reported across the United States (U.S.) is inconsistent and incomplete exposing the country’s inability to analyze and use data to guide its response. These shortcomings further restrict health officials’ ability to understand the key demographic factors that place certain populations and communities at increased risk of contracting and experiencing adverse health outcomes from COVID-19. 

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Media Coverage

Opportunities for SGBV Data Collection in the Time of COVID-19: The Value of Implementation Science

In a blog post for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), Council researchers Chi-Chi UndieSanyukta MathurNicole HaberlandIsabel Vieitez, and Julie Pulerwitz highlight the tension between the need to gather data to support women facing unprecedented vulnerability in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the reality that the very act of data collection may heighten risk. They also present opportunities for ethical sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) data collection during the pandemic.

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