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Coronavirus (1464) Rapid scale-up of COVID-19 training for frontline health workers in 11 African countries
Interesting new study from BMC Humna Resources for Health. Citation, abstract and a comment from me below. CITATION: Rapid scale-up of COVID-19 training for frontline health workers in 11 African countriesFatima Tsiouris et al. Human Resources for Health volume 20, Article number: 43 (2022)https://human-resources-health.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12960...
23 May, 2022
Coronavirus (1463) How are we doing for vaccine distribution?
Not very well, thank you. According to "Our World in Data" ( https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations ) today, "65.7% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 11.75 billion doses have been administered globally, and 7.09 million are now administered each day. Only 15.9% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose."
20 May, 2022
Coronavirus (1462) WHO Infodemic News Flash
Three interesting new papers, with thanks to the WHO Infodemic News Flash. 1. CITATION: Psychological Inoculation against Misinformation: Current Evidence and Future DirectionsCecilie S. Traberg, Jon Roozenbeek, Sander van der Linden, First Published May 5, 2022 Research Articlehttps://doi.org/10.1177/00027162221087936
12 May, 2022
Coronavirus (1461) WHO competency framework to manage infodemics:
A new paper from BMC Human Resources for Health. Citation, abstract, selected extracts, and comment from me below.
9 May, 2022
Coronavirus (1460) Vaccine hesitancy in Zambia (2)
This paper finds that only one-third of participants would accept the COVID-19 vaccine if made available to them. CITATION: Prevalence and factors associated with COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in Zambia: a web-based cross-sectional study.Pan African Medical Journal. 41 (no pagination), 2022. Article Number: 112. Date of Publication: Jan-Apr 2022.Mudenda S. et al.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8994469/
1 May, 2022
Coronavirus (1458) Which actionable statements qualify as good practice statements In Covid-19 guidelines?
'Good practice statements (GPS) (ie, actionable statements about interventions that would do substantially more good than harm or vice versa) do not qualify for rating the certainty of evidence, but are important statements in guidelines. The GRADE Working Group developed five criteria to assess the appropriateness of issuing a GPS.' The authors found that GPS for COVID-19 are 'characterised by unclear designation and development processes, and methodological weaknesses'. Citation and abstract below.
26 April, 2022
Coronavirus (1457) Introduction: Alba Patricia González Ordóñez, Honduras (1) COVID-19 and mental health
[ORIGINAL MESSAGE IN SPANISH (ENGLISH BELOW] Hola mi nombre es Alba Patricia González Ordóñez, soy Médico en Servicio Social de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras.
26 April, 2022
Coronavirus (1456) WHO: Home care for families and caregivers
WHO has updated their guidance in relation to the following common questions:
16 April, 2022
Coronavirus (1455) Zambia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Dear HIFA and HIFA-Zambia colleagues, This paper concludes: 'A lack of resources, misinformation, myths and vaccine hesitancy posed challenges in the fight against COVID-19 in Zambia. There is a need for continuous public education and sensitization on COVID-19 and the importance of vaccinations.'
2 April, 2022
Coronavirus (1454) COVID-19 Vaccines The Factors that Enabled Unprecedented Timelines for Clinical Development and Regulatory Authorisation (3)
Dear Eric, Thanks for your response [*see note below]. As you say, it would be good to get different viewpoints, and not just from those in drug development. It would be great if HIFA members with other backgrounds shared their views.
29 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1453) Health care workers’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review
Below are the citation, abstract and selected extracts of a review in Human Resources for Health. CITATION: Health care workers’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping reviewSouaad Chemali, Almudena Mari-Sáez, Charbel El Bcheraoui & Heide WeishaarHuman Resources for Health volume 20, Article number: 27 (2022) Cite this articlePublished: 24 March 2022
28 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1452) Science: Studying the spread of misinformation should become a top scientific priority
Article in Science by evolutionary biologist Carl Bergstrom. Extracts below and a comment from me. Read online: https://www.science.org/content/article/studying-fighting-misinformation...
27 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1451) Webinar on COVID-19 Knowledge In/Equity - A Mutual Learning Space - April 11, 2022
Please join us on April 11 in this webinar on COVID-19 Knowledge In/Equity - A Mutual Learning Space, hosted by the Knowledge Equity Lab at the University of Toronto Scarborough. [*see note below] DescriptionThe enormous racial and social class inequities associated with illness and death from COVID-19 across the world have been much discussed (if little addressed). But the knowledge inequities undergirding this situation are less known.
26 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1450) COVID-19 Vaccines The Factors that Enabled Unprecedented Timelines for Clinical Development and Regulatory Authorisation (2)
Reading the four key findings one still wonders what really hampers similar efforts for an HIV or other retroviral , viral, bacterial diseases in particular for those which are rampant in the poorer parts of the world. For some it is indeed more complex such as HIV but still the political and financial readiness we have never seen before applied to COVID-19 only. Or was it the potential very profitable market in the richer countries which played a role as well? I miss the sociologist or anthropological point of view. But indeed very illustrative Eric
23 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1449) Two Years After WHO Declared COVID a Pandemic - Where Are We Now?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/970061 [*see note below]
23 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1448) COVID-19 Vaccines The Factors that Enabled Unprecedented Timelines for Clinical Development and Regulatory Authorisation
Dear Neil & HIFA Members Those who've ever been asked how the Covid-19 Vaccines were developed so quickly might be interested in reading this report from the Wellcome Trust (downloadable pdf).https://wellcome.org/reports/covid-19-vaccines-factors-enabled-unprecede...
22 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1447) The governance of imported 2019-nCov infections: What can be learned from China’s experience?
Dear friends, I would like to draw your attention to the article we recently published: The governance of imported 2019-nCov infections: What can be learned from China’s experience?https://ghrp.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41256-022-00243-5 It summarized China's experience to find the imported and local coronavirus, which I think might be helpful for the global community. Thanks. Best regards
12 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1446) Challenges of evidence synthesis during the 2020 COVID pandemic: a scoping review
'This review has highlighted the importance of including artificial intelligence, a framework for international collaboration and a sustained funding model to address many of the shortcomings and ensure we are ready for similar challenges in the future.' Citation and abstract below. Full text here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0895435621003383
10 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1445) Increasing COVID-19 vaccine acceptance while maintaining autonomy
Increasing COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among the general population while maintaining autonomy [*see note below]https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/21645515.2021.1922265 STAY SAFE & GET VACCINATED!!! RegardsSenkyire Ephraim Kumi, ( RN)
10 March, 2022
Coronavirus (1443) We need global solutions for global challenges
World Economic Forum. Read online: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/03/omicron-teaches-us-that-global-ch...
9 March, 2022

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