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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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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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Bangladeshi women play crucial role in fight against COVID-19

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases and deaths climb in Bangladesh, Sajeda Amin—a researcher and demographer known for her work on child marriage—shared her perspective in a commentary published in Netra News on the disproportionate burden of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on Bangladeshi women and girls. In the piece, she calls on the world to recognize that women and girls are especially vulnerable to this pandemic and the conditions of these unprecedented times, but also have the potential to help support effective response strategies.

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Ensure access to high-quality abortion care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape our lives and health systems, Council Program Director Thoai Ngo and President of Ibis Reproductive Health Kelly Blanchard share their views on abortion care during these unprecedented times in an opinion piece for Thomson Reuters Foundation News. Citing two new evidence reviews on women’s ability to manage abortions with safe and effective medicines during early pregnancy, the authors support self-managed abortion during – and after – this pandemic as a method that puts less strain on health systems and allows women access who might be hampered by isolation and distancing mandated in response to COVID-19.

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