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Special Edition: COVID-19 Updates

Week of April 27, 2021

This email provides a weekly summary of collected resources that are relevant to BHC's activities. The full content can be found at the individual links below or upon request. If there are resources you would like to share with the BHC team, please send them to Lauren Azmon at

New Resource Bin Content

The world has now been dealing with COVID-19 for well over a year, so what have we learned? This resource bin is focused on new information that has come out about COVID-19 and updates on the current situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost everything about daily life, and the work under BHC is not an exception. Throughout the last year, the BHC team has been working to adapt the activities to follow COVID-19 guidance, while still ensuring the activities inform healthy urban planning. 


Title: Second round of the national pulse survey on continuity of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Source: WHO
Publication Date: 22 April 2021 
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
To better understand the extent of disruptions to essential health services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in early 2021 WHO launched the second round of the National pulse survey on continuity of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report presents global findings from the 135 countries and territories that participated in the second round of the survey during January-March 2021. The findings offer critical insight from country key informants into the extent of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on essential health services across the life course, the reasons for those disruptions, and how countries are adapting strategies and approaches to maintain service delivery.

Title: Here’s just how unequal the global coronavirus vaccine rollout has been
Source:  The Washington Post 
Author: Atthar Mirza and Emily Rauhala
Publication Date: 22 April 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
Using publicly available figures from Our World in Data, The Washington Post found that nearly half — 48 percent — of all vaccine doses administered so far have gone to just 16 percent of the world’s population in what the World Bank considers high-income countries. This article has an interactive map as well as in depth analysis of specific countries. 

Title: COVID-19 in India: an unfolding humanitarian crisis
Source: The Conversation 
Author: Michael Head
Publication Date: 20 April 2021 
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
In India, a devastating second wave is overwhelming hospitals and crematoriums, eclipsing global records. In many parts of the country including the capital Delhi, cases are doubling every five days. Compared to the steady rise seen in the first wave last year, the current climbs are almost vertical. One of the key concerns is the lack of high-quality real-time data to give an informed picture of the scenarios that are unfolding in India.

Title: US to deploy 'strike team' to aid in India's COVID-19 response
Source: Devex
Author: Adva Saldinger 
Publication Date: 26 April 2021 
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
The U.S. has agreed to deploy a team of USAID and CDC staffers to India to work with the government and local partners in addressing the surge of COVID-19 cases.
BHC is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-17-00028, beginning September 30, 2017. BHC is implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) with partners International Organization for Migration, Thrive Networks Global, and Urban Institute, and with support from Engaging Inquiry, LLC.
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