People can’t afford to pay for health care in a pandemic. Why isn’t the World Bank doing more to help?

Anna Marriott Health, Inequality

As the World Bank’s Annual Meetings kick-off virtually this week, the COVID-19 pandemic is still surging in many countries, killing people, destroying livelihoods and deepening inequalities. The World Bank’s health response has been lightning-fast (by donor standards) and important, with $6 billion in initial funding to help countries coping with the health impacts of the outbreak through its COVID-19 Fast …

COVID-19 in South Africa is causing frontline women workers to pay for skewed health systems

Nicole Oloo Health

As with many other healthcare systems around the world, COVID-19 has delivered a sharp blow to South Africa’s. Before the pandemic, the healthcare system was already struggling to cope with the combination of high HIV, TB & Malaria infection rates, a severe lack of funding to the public healthcare sector and persistent cuts to health spending. Now, with the highest …

Podcast: Duoi talks to farmers about Coronavirus in the Philippines

Power in the Pandemic Podcast Agriculture, Health

Duoi takes us out to visit farmers on the Midpulo Unified Agriculture Cooperative to explore how the coronavirus pandemic has affected food systems and farming in the Philippines. Power in the Pandemic brings you this week’s featured voice: Duoi Ampilan, from Mindanao island in the Philippines. Duoi has been focusing his efforts on changing up food systems to ensure food …

We need new policies to deal with Coronavirus in the Middle East and North Africa

Nabil Abdo Health

Coronavirus has crippled all aspects of normalcy in people’s lives and the economies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), despite the region being relatively spared larger outbreaks as seen in other parts of the world. But the deficits in basic services and social protection shortfalls, or decent and dignified work, means we must be braced for things to …

The role of trust in tackling coronavirus in the world’s most vulnerable communities

Caroline van Koot - Hodges Health

Trust may be one of the most important resources the world must draw on as we grapple with an unprecedented health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst recorded cases and deaths due to the virus are on the rise across Africa and in many countries in Asia, preventative lockdown and curfew measures are already taking a toll …

With coronavirus spreading, time to repurpose the arms industry to meet human need

Martin Butcher Conflict, Health

All over the world we have radically changed our ways of life as the devastating spread of coronavirus transforms our communities. Governments’ priorities have changed overnight, things that seemed impossible only weeks ago are now seeing urgent action. Homeless people have been rehoused quickly. Passenger planes whose flights could not possibly be reduced in the face of climate breakdown are suddenly grounded. …