Northwestern University's Kellogg Insights covers an IPA study on the impact of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) on low-income individuals in rural Ghana. While mental health interventions are less common among anti-poverty efforts, the results of this study suggest it could be a productive area for further research: "Survey-based measures showed that CBT improved both mental and self-reported physical health, as well as economic outcomes and cognitive skills."
Inside Philanthropy reports on Open Philanthropy's $65 Million grant to Evidence Action for scaling up chlorine dispensers for safe water, an innovation incubated and tested by IPA. (Note: article is gated).
Science's policy forum includes reflections from several prominent IPA-affiliated researchers on the impacts of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and how to best address them. IPA's Shana Warren writes about higher willingness to get COVID vaccines in LMICs compared to high-income countries, including a large-scale survey conducted by IPA and over 30 other institutions of nearly 45,000 people in 12 countries.
Smithsonian Magazine's science section makes the case for wearing surgical masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. The article references IPA research in Bangladesh, which it calls one of the most convincing studies supporting the effectiveness of surgical mask use.
Business Ghana highlights a survey conducted by Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in partnership with IPA, UNICEF, and the World Bank tracking household impacts of COVID-19, including spending on personal protective equipment (PPE)
In an article about effective mask use as Omicron continues to spread, International Business Times cites an IPA study in Bangladesh which "found that surgical masks were 95% better at filtering out virus particles compared to cloth masks, which only filtered 37% of infectious particles."
An article from T the Yale School of Management covers the expansion of efforts, originating an IPA study in Bangladesh to boost community mask-wearing through a four-part behavioral intervention. Several million dollars of new grants, based on the strength of the findings, are being used to further the understanding of COVID-spread mitigation, but also to test if the model can be used to expand vaccine delivery in rural parts of India and Sierra Leone.
A New York Times article on the state of continuing mask use cites an IPA study in Bangladesh that found supporting community mask-wearing reduced COVID-19 cases.
The Atlantic references an IPA study in Bangladesh, "considered one of the most rigorous to date to tackle masking," in an article on the effectiveness of surgical masks compared to cloth masks in preventing COVID-19.
CNBC cites IPA research in an article on why surgical masks work better than cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Consumer Reports includes an IPA study in Bangladesh among research demonstrating surgical masks as more effective for COVID-19 protection.
The Dhaka Tribune reports on IPA's study of more than 340,000 people across 600 villages in Bangladesh that demonstrated the effectiveness of masks—particularly surgical masks—in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The findings of this evaluation, the largest of its kind, may help inform the COVID response across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The study was also featured in Nature (twice), Salon, Yale Daily News, Yale Insights, Stanford Medicine, Gizmodo, New York Daily News, Live Science, Washington Examiner, Daily Mail, India Today, BD News 24 (Bangladesh), Daily Star (...
NBC News highlights IPA's large-scale study on mask-wearing in Bangladesh that points to the importance of masks in reducing COVID-19 infections.
The Economist features a study in Bangladesh on the impact of promoting and facilitating mask-wearing to prevent transmission of COVID-19. In this program, increased mask use (particularly of surgical masks) reduced symptomatic infections. Similar interventions are being scaled up across South Asia, a region has been hit hard by the virus.
The Atlantic's Derek Thompson writes on the more broadly applicable results of a community mask-wearing study in Bangladesh and what did and didn't work to encourage people to wear masks.