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Innovation pays dividends against COVID-19 and TB in Karachi

TB contact screening and preventive therapy continued despite the pandemic As Pakistan braced for a wave of COVID-19 infections in late March, the government issued a call to shut down 12 mobile radiology vans offering tuberculosis (TB) screening in Karachi, a mega-city of 20 million people. The vans are a program of the Zero TB …

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Bangladeshi activists help sustain access to family planning services.

A family planning counselor awaits her clients at Popular Medical College Hospital, Dhaka. District advocacy working groups made up of local reproductive health champions urged policymakers to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) so health workers can continue to provide family planning and other services. COVID-19 severely threatens reproductive health services around the world. Supply chains …

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A better way to distribute bed nets

Rabi Dako stands with her daughter in Cotonou, Benin after receiving mosquito nets as part of the nation’s first digitized mosquito net distribution. Sophisticated digital technologies are helping field workers in Benin distribute malaria prevention tools safely and efficiently If COVID-19 continues to disrupt malaria prevention efforts, hundreds of thousands of children could die. That’s …

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Before COVID-19, Malawi was on its way to ending AIDS. Now what?

Community Health Workers conduct door-to-door screening for COVID-19 in Limpopo, South Africa. In Christopher Mlotha’s health district, Lilongwe, clinic visits for HIV treatment declined sharply when the country declared a COVID-19 state of emergency in early April this year. Mlotha coordinates HIV care and treatment (the ART program) for a district that covers 94 ART …

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How Massachusetts is learning from the Global South

Care resource coordinators support people in COVID-19 isolation and quarantine by providing social and economic supports to address the whole of their health needs Imagine that you’ve been asked to quarantine following suspected exposure to COVID-19. You want to do the right thing to prevent the spread of disease, but can you really stay at …

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