In light of this current global health challenge, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) have launched a series of events to strengthen the understanding and ties between German and US policy makers, experts, and civil society organizations. The first private rountable, “Financing Pandemic Preparedness and Response – the role of Germany and the US”, was held on July 9th 2021 under the Chatham House Rule. This blog highlights some of the main discussion points and outlines areas of cooperation.
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The early days of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) have been defined by a mixed record, and its health-focused investments are no exception. In the face of competing foreign (and even domestic) policy priorities under the Trump Administration and pandemic-related shifts in the broader development landscape, the agency has struggled to build a solid pipeline of projects in lower-income markets and systematically articulate a strong development rationale for its financing.
Most oxygen disasters across India could have been avoided. This blog describes the current model of medical oxygen supply in India, outlines the response to the oxygen crises, including the problem of severe oxygen shortages in some Indian states, and provides recommendations on how India could prevent the next crisis stemming from shortages in oxygen.
So is adaptive HTA, which is a “second-best” approach to locally informed and conducted HTA even in the best of circumstances, the only option available for MICs without a fully-funded process? We think there’s another possibility—virtual HTA.
Preventive behaviors such as handwashing and social distancing are critical to containing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, particularly in densely populated areas of low-income countries with crowded living quarters and public spaces. But it can be challenging to identify and deploy effective interventions to encourage widespread knowledge and adoption of these behaviors.
We welcome Biden’s announcement last week that the US will purchase 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for distribution to lower income countries. And while no single country is responsible for vaccinating the world, there is one global institution that could be doing more.
Vaccines have become a central instrument of our long-term response to the pandemic. Vaccination campaigns have now started around the world and will confer significant direct protection against infection, severe illness, and death to those inoculated. It may also protect against transmission, though robust evidence is yet to be confirmed.
The benefits to expanded vaccination programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) simply dwarf the cost. Rich countries should be donating more vaccines faster to poorer countries. It is difficult to think of a more urgent global priority and it is surely a best buy in international development.