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Global health news briefs - April 2021

March / April 2021 | Volume 20 Number 2

Equitable partnerships hub launched

A new online toolkit provides information about the principles of equitable partnerships from institutions around the world. The hub aims to help funders, scientists and administrators develop or embed equitable policies and practices into their research partnerships. It was developed by the U.K. Collaborative on Development Research and ESSENCE.

Africa needs investment in research

Despite considerable advances made by African scientists over the past decade, African governments still invest little in health research, according to a study funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project’s findings underscore the importance of centering research capacity strengthening and investment in Africa on national ownership of health research systems.

CEPI launches plan to end pandemics

The world should invest $3.5 billion to reduce the risk of future pandemics, according to CEPI, a global partnership focused on developing vaccines to stop future disease outbreaks. CEPI’s plan calls for investment in preparation against known threats, transformation in pandemic response and enhanced global coordination.

Global COVID data repository unveiled

A COVID-19 dataset containing detailed information on more than five million anonymized cases from over 100 countries has been made publicly available. The platform is a collaboration of leading international institutions intended to build a trusted, detailed and accurate resource of real-time infectious disease data.

WHO: violence against women pervasive

Violence against women remains devastatingly pervasive and starts alarmingly young, according to new data from the WHO and partners. During their lifetime, 1 in 3 women—around 736 million— are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner.

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