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  1. This important milestone will provide countries with an additional option for HPV vaccination at an affordable price and will contribute to sustainable supply of HPV vaccine—allowing more girls to be reached with HPV vaccines.
    Published: October 2021
    Type: Announcement
  2. This guide gives an overview of existing technologies available for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This guide is complementary to policy guidance issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the World Health Organization (WHO).This guide may be useful to a wide range of stakeholders including:Ministries of Health (national, regional and district COVID-19 assigned personnel)Donors supporting diagnostic testing services for COVID-19.Public and private sector organizations with an interest in implementing SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic servicesHealth care providers involved in the diagnosis and management of COVID-19 cases
    Published: October 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  3. This public health professional uses soft skills and technical expertise to break down silos and deliver results.
    Published: September 2021
    Type: Article
  4. With the sudden outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that hit the world at the end of 2019, and the problems arising ever since, there is an urgent need for reliable and efficient laboratory tests to diagnose SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The crucial role played by laboratories in helping people obtain an accurate diagnosis and effective care has never been more evident than during the current pandemic.This document aims to provide complete and accessible information about COVID-19 and its diagnosis. Created especially for laboratory personnel and stakeholders involved in laboratory work, this “handbook” on COVID-19 Testing on COVID-19 testing includes guidance on various diagnostic techniques for COVID-19. Aside from providing basic information about COVID-19 testing techniques and biosafety measures, this report also covers information about the standard procedures needed to set up a COVID-19 laboratory and how to carry out validation and approval of test kits for COVID-19 using antigen rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs) and molecular diagnostics, like polymerase chain reaction (PCR).It is hoped that this document will act as a handy and useful guide for laboratory personnel involved in COVID-19 diagnosis.
    Published: August 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  5. The study aims to use a behaviour science and human centred design approach tounderstand the barriers to uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, and use this fundamentalunderstanding to design interventions to drive vaccine uptake
    Published: August 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  6. The study aims to use a behavior science and human centred approach tounderstand the barriers to COVID-19 testing, and use this fundamentalunderstanding to design interventions to drive the ‘right user’ to get tested atthe ‘right time’.
    Published: August 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  7. To manage the spread and control the pandemic, regular COVID-19 testing along with vaccination are critical behaviors to drive in the population, where supply and demand side issues need to be managed side by side. However, much of the discussion, policy and efforts in India are limited to supply of testing, and supply/logistics of vaccines, while the issue of people’s demand for testing and confidence in vaccines and willingness to get vaccinated is not being adequately addressed.While survey data and other studies are important to understanding overall hesitancy, there is a need for a behavioural science and HCD-led approach to identify strategic levers which can be used to design the communication campaign and service delivery design for vaccine rollout.
    Published: August 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  8. Testing is a key pillar of India’s COVID-19 response. But record daily cases and infections have overburdened its testing systems, prompting the need for a new approach.
    Published: July 2021
    Type: Article
  9. People at risk for or living with HIV have an elevated risk of mental health morbidities. Poor mental health among these key populations can reduce quality of life and impact care seeking, adherence to and continuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—two critical interventions for treating and preventing HIV. Seeing this gap in successful HIV care, the USAID/PATH Healthy Markets project sought to make mental health care more accessible for people at risk for or living with HIV.
    Published: July 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  10. A great deal of knowledge already exists in the global health community regarding maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) medical devices and the challenges/barriers they face. But this knowledge is currently scattered across a variety of donor, partner, country, and academic sources, and as a result, is not easily accessible to the broader community. As such, PATH—under the Market Dynamics for MNCH Medical Devices project (MD4MD)—conducted a rapid desk research exercise focused on compiling information that was either publicly available or easily accessible, including: published literature, multilateral organization resources (such as policy briefs, technical reports, and guidelines); implementing partner projects (such as assessments, landscapes, and technical reports); donor investment documents; and expert interviews with relevant project leads and medical device experts.This evidence review focuses on eight specific devices: (1) manual blood pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer); (2) electric bCPAP device; (3) neonatal resuscitation device; (4) x-ray radiography machine; (5) point-of-care hemoglobin meter; (6) infusion device; (7) ultrasound (app-based “pocket” devices); and (8) ultrasound (traditional portable devices).The goal of these documents is to (1) summarize for policymakers and health system leaders the most important barriers that MNCH devices face, and (2) highlight potential interventions and key knowledge gaps to prioritize with future investments.
    Published: July 2021
    Type: Resource Page
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