Media Coverage
September 30, 2021

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.

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September 30, 2021

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.

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Press Release
September 01, 2021

New study is the first randomized trial to show that wearing masks reduces COVID-19 in a real-world setting. 

Washington D.C. >> Getting more people to wear masks, particularly surgical masks, is effective in reducing COVID-19, according to a new study led by researchers from Yale University, Stanford Medical School, University of California, Berkeley, and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). The randomized evaluation conducted in Bangladesh is the largest and most rigorous trial of its kind to date, testing the effectiveness of masks in a real-world setting with more than...

Media Coverage
August 31, 2021

NPR's Goats and Soda blog tells the story behind IPA's work in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing, reflecting on how this research could potentially help inform COVID-19 prevention efforts in the U.S.

Media Coverage
August 31, 2021

A piece in The Guardian argues for the need to prioritize the response to COVID-19 and other viruses in developing countries and cites a survey conducted by IPA and over 30 other institutions which found overall that people in lower-income countries were more interested in getting a COVID vaccine than in the higher-icnome countries studied.

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August 31, 2021

Zambia's news24 cites IPAs RECOVR survey of economic conditions in the country in coverage of factors affecting voters there.

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August 31, 2021

"Everybody has a mask these days, but some carry it in their hands, some in their pockets and some hang it on their chin" explained Chiribabu Maharjan, mayor of  Lalitpur Metropolitan City in Nepal in myRepublica's coverage of the launch of a campaign in the country to encourage mask use, part of a scale-up of IPA's research with partners on how to NORMalize mask-wearing in Bangladesh.

Media Coverage
July 30, 2021

Nature's news service highlights key findings from a study conducted by IPA and over 30 other institutions surveying nearly 45,000 people in 12 countries which found willingness to get a COVID vaccination was higher in lower-income countries than in Russia and the U.S. 

Media Coverage
July 30, 2021

Yale University's School of Management features their research in collaboration with IPA and Stanford University to NORMalize mask-wearing in Bangladesh. The article outlines how the approach is currently being scaled up across South Asia and beyond with the help of local partners. Mushfiq Mobarak talks about how these partners helped to reach rural communities in Bangladesh and IPA Policy Manager  Jose Pinilla peaks on efforts to expand the model in Latina America, with initiatives in Mexico, Uruguay, and Peru.

Media Coverage
July 30, 2021

Northwestern Univesity expands on results from a paper in February 2021 on the economic impact of COVID-19 in nine lower- and middle-income countries. Overall, findings showed the pandemic took a significant toll on key livelihood outcomes—including food security, employment, and domestic violence—across several LMICs and that the economic shock will have long-term consequences. Dean Karlan and Chris Udry discuss the challenges of developing the phone surveys used in the study and how this data can be used to determine a path forward. For example, emergency cash transfers in Togo were...

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July 30, 2021

Pakistan Observer reports on support from local and international partners to NORMalize mask-wearing in Lahore, an effort recently bolstered by the social media campaign, #Lahore Mask Pehnta Hey (Lahore Wears Masks).

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July 19, 2021

Study examines vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in 10 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. 

New research published in Nature Medicine reveals willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine was considerably higher in developing countries (80% of respondents) than in the United States (65%) and Russia (30%). 

The study provides one of the first insights into vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in a broad selection of low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), covering over 20,000 survey respondents and bringing together researchers from over 30 institutions...

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July 16, 2021

Nature Medicine features commentary by Shingai Machingaidze and Charles Shey Wiysonge on the new study "COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in low- and middle-income countries." They argue that the findings of the study "suggest that prioritizing distribution of vaccines to LMICs is justified not only on equity grounds but also on the expectation of higher marginal returns in maximizing global coverage at a faster rate."

This study was also featured in a range of other outlets, including SciTech Daily, IFL Science, Yale Insights, Cornell University, University of Minnesota, ...

Media Coverage
June 28, 2021

In an op-ed for The Indian Express, Mushfiq Mobarak, Maha Rehman, and Satchit Balsari write on the need for collaboration between countries in South Asia to address COVID-19 in the region, citing the scale-up of an IPA-tested model in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing.

Media Coverage
June 28, 2021

In an op-ed for Project Syndicate, Michael Kremer and Edward Miguel cite IPA's long-term deworming research in arguing against UK aid cuts to combatting neglected tropical diseases.

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