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Using Data to Report on the Human Impact of COVID-19: New Resources from the Partnership on Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC)

Webinar offers strategies for communicating new findings1 April 20218:00 AM EDT // 3:00 PM EATRegister here 

New York, USA , 30 March 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Last week, the Partnership for Evidence-Based COVID-19 Response (PERC) released findings from its third survey, which polled more than 25,000 adults from 19 African Union Member States on the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and governmental response measures. PERC analyzes public opinion survey responses along with social, economic and epidemiological data.

Some notable findings from the most recent survey include: • Respondents’ willingness to be vaccinated varied widely across the continent—from 35% of respondents in Tunisia to 91% of respondents in Morocco. • Although support for individual preventive measures such as hand-washing and mask-wearing remained high, support for measures restricting social gatherings and movement restrictions dropped dramatically since August 2020.• Income loss and problems with food access were severe in almost all Member States and have largely worsened since August.  This online seminar featuring panelists from IpsosColumbia University and the Ghana Health Service is designed for journalists to learn how to use data compiled by PERC accurately and effectively. A Q&A moderated by Rolf Rosenkranz of the Global Health Advocacy Incubator will follow the discussion.

Date: Thursday 1 AprilTime: 08:00 – 09:00 EDT // 14:00-15:00 CATLanguage: English/French To attend the webinar, please registerhere

Speakers: 
• Virginia Nkwanzi Isingoma, Public Affairs Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, IPSOS
• Dr. Wilmot James, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University, formerly Member of Parliament (South Africa)
• Dr. Da Costa Aboagye, Director of Health Promotion, Ghana Health Service

Questions: Reporters can share their questions in advance via press@vitalstrategies.org

** Reporters dialing in via phone will not have access to Zoom’s Q&A feature and therefore must submit questions via press@vitalstrategies.org

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About the Partnership for Evidence-Based COVID-19 Response (PERC)
The Partnership for Evidence-based Response to COVID-19 (PERC) is a public-private partnership that supports evidence-based measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on African Union Member States. PERC has published two quarterly regional reports (Part I in May 2020 and Part II in September 2020); other products are available on PERC’s website. PERC member organizations are: Africa Centres for Disease Control and PreventionResolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies; the World Health Organization; the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team; and the World Economic ForumIpsos and Novetta Mission Analytics bring market research expertise and years of data analytic support to the partnership.

About Resolve to Save Lives
Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, focuses on preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and by preventing epidemics. Resolve to Save Lives is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. Resolve received additional funding for the COVID-19 response from these donors and Start Small Foundation, CDC Foundation and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find out more, visit: https://www.resolvetosavelives.org or Twitter @ResolveTSL and @DrTomFrieden.

About Vital Strategies
Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit www.vitalstrategies.org or Twitter @VitalStrat. 

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About Ipsos
Ipsos is the third largest market research company in the world, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi- specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. Our 75 business solutions are based on primary data coming from our surveys, social media monitoring, and qualitative or observational techniques. “Game Changers” – our tagline – summarises our ambition to help our 5,000 clients navigate with confidence our world of rapid change.

Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since 1 July 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS:FP https://www.ipsos.com/en/news-and-polls/overview.

About Ghana Health Service
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is a Ghanaian government body established in 1996 as part of the Health Sector Reform of Ghana. The Health Service is under the Ministry of Health. The Health service primarily administrates the health services provided by the government and in implementing government policies on healthcare.

Click here for the press kit

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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