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Mass Screening Helps S. Africa Stem COVID-19; India Prepares Repatriation Of Stranded Migrant Workers; Italy Begins Loosening Lockdown; U.K. Has Highest European Death Toll; Brazil Ill-Prepared For Virus

AFRICA Financial Times: South Africa’s mass screening helps stem the coronavirus tide (Cotterill, 5/5). ASIA New York Times: This Drug May Cause Birth Defects. Japan’s Pushing It for Coronavirus (Dooley et al., 5/5). New York Times: Coronavirus Survivors Want Answers, and China Is Silencing Them (Wang et al., 5/4). Reuters:…

COVID-19 Exposes Weaknesses In African Health Systems; Russia Sees Record Rise In Cases; Pandemic Reaches War-Torn Yemen

AFRICA Devex: Interactive: An analysis of COVID-19 funding in West and Central Africa (Rovira/Alcega, 5/7). New Humanitarian: COVID-19 brings abuse and other fears to displaced women in South Sudan (Mednick, 5/6). Reuters: Exclusive: Virus exposes gaping holes in Africa’s health systems (Houreld et al., 5/7). ASIA Reuters: Coronavirus spreads among…

African Nations Seek Homegrown Solutions To Pandemic; U.K. Looks To Ease Lockdown; Haiti Faces Humanitarian Crisis As COVID-19 Hits; Russia Now 3rd In Global Case Numbers

AFRICA AP: African nations seek their own solutions in virus crisis (Petesch et al., 5/11). Bloomberg: How Ebola Helped Africa Prepare for Coronavirus (Bax et al., 5/8). Reuters: Second wave of COVID-19 cases sweeps Senegal’s holy city (Van Der Perre/Prentice, 5/11). Reuters: Zambia seeks IMF funding to help soften impact…

Blog Posts, Releases Address Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Brookings: In developing countries, communities and primary care providers — not hospitals — hold the key to successful pandemic response Nachiket Mor, visiting scientist with the Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (5/14). Center for Global Development: The IMF’s Growth Forecasts for Poor Countries Don’t Match Its COVID Narrative…

E.U. Draft Resolution Calling For Coronavirus Inquiry Expected To Be Endorsed By WHA; China Pledges $2B Over 2 Years, Backs Review Of Global COVID-19 Response

ABC (Australia): Greg Hunt ‘expects’ push for coronavirus probe to be endorsed by WHA “Almost 120 nations have now backed an international push for a coronavirus inquiry, with Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt saying it is ‘expected to be endorsed’ at the World Health Assembly in the next two days.…

U.N. Pulls Some Foreign Staff From Idlib Amid Rise In COVID-19 Cases; Russian Doctors Face Hostility, Mistrust; South Africa Experts Predict Up To 50K COVID Deaths; Pakistan Cases Continue To Rise Post-Lockdown

AFRICA AP: Nearly 2 dozen escape from virus quarantine in Zimbabwe (Mutsaka, 5/20). New Humanitarian: COVID-19 and hyperinflation leave hunger and few options in Zimbabwe (Dongozi, 5/20). Reuters: South Africa scientists say up to 50,000 COVID-19 deaths possible (Toyana, 5/21). Reuters: Egypt to offer coronavirus testing in all general hospitals…

KFF Brief Examines COVID-19’s Implications For PEPFAR, Expert Discusses Sweden’s Coronavirus Strategy In Foreign Affairs Article

KFF: COVID-19 & PEPFAR: Implications for the Future The potential for the COVID-19 pandemic to significantly affect the health and development of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, has serious implications for PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This issue brief examines the…

Yemen’s Health System Collapses As Aid Agencies Say COVID-19 Cases More Than Detected; Many Nigerians Must Break Lockdown To Access Water; U.S. Returns Migrant Children To Mexico, Central America Amid Pandemic; Asia-Pacific Region Commits To Defeating COVID-19

AFRICA AP: Tanzania says virus defeated through prayer, but fears grow (Odula/Anna, 5/22). VOA: COVID-19 Disrupts South Sudan Health Services (Mayar, 5/21). Washington Post: Living through a pandemic when your access to water is difficult (Emezi/Paquette, 5/21). ASIA AP: India struggles with twin challenges of cyclone and pandemic (Ghosal et…

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