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We Must Stop Flying Blind: Building on Existing Systems In Low- and Middle-Income Countries To Improve the COVID-19 Response

COVID- 19 has brought a sense of urgency to decision-making that typically would have taken many months and years of deliberation. Central to this uncertainty is the glaring lack of knowledge on just how big the burden of COVID-19 truly is. The pandemic has highlighted concerning gaps in data and weaknesses in surveillance systems that have long hampered public health systems globally, especially in low- and middle- income countries (LMIC).

A gloved hand holding a COVID-19 testing vial in front of a Pakistani flag

Coping with COVID-19: The Pakistan Experience

COVID-19, of course, is not behind us—it may return and may again severely test the government’s management capacity. To prepare for this, the lessons learnt from coping with the crisis as it has unfolded thus far will be valuable both to Pakistan to manage a possible second wave, as well as to other countries.

Figure showing average diagnostic accuracy across countries and conditions. Diabetes is lowest, around .3, and malaria is highest at over .8. Tanzania and Kenya are tops at .8 and Nigeria is lowest at about .5

What Health Workers in Africa Know, What They Have to Work With, and How To Translate That into Quality of Care

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the quality of health services across many African countries was too low.  In an article that is now forthcoming at BMJ Global Health, we draw on data for more than 20,000 health providers and 8,000 facilities to construct an aggregate measure of heath care readiness. What do we find?