In this section of the newsletter, we provide excerpts of and links to relevant and topical studies, opinion pieces, blogs, and other articles published on leading scientific platforms on health systems, medicine, and allied social sectors, and reputed media platforms.

Where We Are in the Pandemic

Expert interview published May 24, 2022 in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

While high COVID-19 case numbers remain a cause for concern, increased population immunity from vaccination and infection means that a smaller share of infected people end up in the hospital. In this Q&A with infectious disease epidemiologist and associate professor David Dowdy, he says that it is quite possible that today’s mild COVID could be what we consider the most serious result one year from now. However, talking about the changing landscape of COVID-19, Prof Dowdy talks about how immunity is evolving within it, and why mild COVID still matters.

Monkeypox outbreaks: 4 key questions researchers have

News Explainer article published May 27, 2022 in Nature                

Three weeks since public-health authorities confirmed a case of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, more than 400 confirmed or suspected cases have emerged in at least 20 non-African nations, including Canada, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom — the largest outbreak ever outside of Africa. Researchers are racing to understand the latest outbreaks — from their origins to whether they can be contained. The article outlines some of these key questions that researchers are racing to answer.

Accessing medical benefits under ESI Scheme: A demand-side perspective

Research study published April 6, 2022 in International Labour Organization Publications

This study brings together comprehensive primary evidence from four states of India supplemented by an analysis of relevant secondary data, to identify obstacles and incentives faced by beneficiaries in accessing the Employees’ State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) services. The evidence in this study captures the health-seeking behaviour of beneficiaries as well as awareness and attitude of the insured persons and employers registered with the ESIS. The findings of this study underscore differential experiences and perceptions of beneficiaries in diverse implementation context of four states of India. The study highlights that while the ESIS beneficiaries appreciate the extensive benefit package, especially the medical benefits, there is still substantial scope of strengthening the effectiveness of the service delivery.

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