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Data collection and COVID-19: What’s gender got to do with it?

In the Gender & COVID-19 blog, Senior Associate Chi-Chi Undie, Senior Associate Nicole Haberland, Associate II Sanyukta Mathur, Mexico Country Director Isabel Vieitez and Program Director (HIV/AIDS) Julie Pulerwitz examine how the COVID-19 pandemic unearths several important gender dimensions and implications before, during, and after data collection.

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Urban women at ‘higher risk of chronic disease’

An article from SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk highlights findings from a study published in PLOS One by Council researcher Jessie Pinchoff and colleagues Deborah Balk and Carrie Mills of CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. The study used nationally representative datasets and analyses of satellite imagery to examine the relationship between women's chronic disease risk factors and increasing urbanization in Tanzania, finding that more urban environments had populations with higher body mass index and c-reactive protein, potential indicators of chronic disease and worse health outcomes.

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Measurement that Matters: Understanding Quality of Care from Clients’ Perspectives

In a recent Knowledge Success post, Council researchers and research utilization specialists highlight a set of validated tools, developed by the Evidence Project, to support governments and partners to measure quality of voluntary family planning services from clients’ perspectives.

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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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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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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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