Neena Kapoor, WAPPP Fellow
MS Candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Research Assistant, Global Health & Population Department at HSPH
Thanks to the generous support of the Women and Public Policy Program’s Cultural Bridge Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School, I’ll be working to improve health outcomes for women and children due to indirect morbidity and mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This summer I will be working as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Margaret Kruk in the Department of Global Health & Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The project I am working on is focused on how COVID-19 has impacted the provision of essential routine health services in low-income countries. The countries currently included in the project are Argentina, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Senegal and Tanzania, and more countries are being invited. Health systems in these countries may already be under-funded, under-resourced and over-burdened, thus it will be important to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect essential health services. It is apparent that COVID-19 impacts genders differently, but more than just uncovering the burden of COVID-19, we are interested to learn about how other routine health services are impacted by the pandemic, including modern contraceptive repeat and new acceptors, antenatal care visits, births attended by skilled birth attendants, adults and children receiving ART, and more. There is potential for substantial indirect morbidity and mortality due to reduced service provision, declines in quality of care and people’s avoidance of care. Alongside Dr. Kruk’s team as well as collaborators from each country, we will analyze administrative health data to see how these various routine health services have changed from before to after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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I will be posting updates throughout my internship of my progress. You can check them out here.