OUR WORK ON COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world. 
It has also impacted our programmes and work. Below you can find our COVID-19-related news articles, blogs, and other communications materials.

We are at a cross-roads: we can either go for business-as-usual or choose to truly invest in the Universal Health Coverage agenda

Articles & blogs

July 31, 2020 – Commentary in International Journal for Equity in Health: Axes of alienation: applying an intersectional lens on the social contract during the pandemic response to protect sexual and reproductive rights and health

June 9, 2020 – SRGR in tijden van corona (Dutch) (published by Vice Versa)

June 2, 2020 – How to address SRHR at a time that it is considered an unaffordable luxury? (published by The Broker)

April 22, 2020 – Wereldwijde toegang tot een Covid-19 vaccin (Dutch) (published by Vice Versa)

April 3, 2020 – Healthcare: a vital profession

April 2, 2020 – Zonder mondiale solidariteit komt corona als een boemerang bij ons terug (Dutch) (published by Vice Versa)

March 27, 2020 – The answer to pandemics? Strong public health systems

March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 shows why global solidarity is needed

March 23, 2020 – Worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccine

Initiatives we support

Visit this page for an overview of (COVID-19 related) initiatives that have our support.

Photo: Miroslava Chrienova via Pixabay

Kick-off webinar of the Dutch Global Health Alliance: local data, local decisions

On July 2nd, the Dutch Global Health Alliance – a partnership of Amref Flying Doctors, Cordaid, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, and Wemos – will host its first webinar about the importance of collecting and using subnational health data for decision-making in low- and middle-income countries. Set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 […]

Upcoming webinar: COVID-19 & the future of pharmaceuticals

Challenges around accessible and affordable medicines have become even more pressing in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. How can we ensure that publicly funded pharmaceuticals are accessible to patients in Europe and the rest of the world? And what changes do we need to see in EU policy? On Friday June 19th, Members of […]

Invest in health systems strengthening to effectively respond to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly exposed the cracks in health systems worldwide – but particularly in low-income countries, e.g. in African countries. Our partner organisations in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda shared their concerns about developments on national level, such as the lack of information on COVID-19, health workforce shortages, and disruption of key […]

143 organisations urgently request health donors to support health worker recruitment in poor countries because it is key to fight COVID-19

Together with 143 civil society organisations, we call on the major funders in global health to prioritise international funding that supports recruitment of health workers in resource limited contexts. In a letter, we ask the funders to commit and contribute to pooled and adequate funding for long-term investments in the health workforce. This would address […]

Testing coronavaccines in Africa? Dutch public radio asks Wemos

On Sunday 19 April, the Dutch public radio channel NPO Radio 1 asked Wemos’ Global Health Advocate Ella Weggen  whether testing a corona vaccine in Africa is a good idea.

The right to health worldwide

“A woman who was about to give birth came in,” said Deborah, an obstetrician in Malawi. After giving birth, she started to bleeding a lot, and this continued throughout the night. We did everything we could to stop the bleeding. But when she finally did, she had already lost a lot of blood. Since we […]

The Netherlands supports a global ‘Covid-19 pool’

The Netherlands gives its support to a global pool for rights on data, knowledge and intellectual property on Covid-19 that can be freely shared. Last week Wemos sent a letter to the Dutch cabinet, on behalf of 38 civil society organisations, political youth organisations and 20 public health experts to request the Dutch government for […]

Healthcare: a vital profession

Human resources for Health team It is striking what a crisis such as the COVID-19 outbreak can bring about. Five years ago, budget cuts severely restricted funding for long-term care, home care and youth care in the Netherlands. Many care organisations went bankrupt and 80,000 care workers lost their jobs. Then the economy started booming […]

Letter to Dutch cabinet: Support ‘Covid-19 pool’

Yesterday, Wemos sent a letter on behalf of 38 civil society organisations, political youth organisations and 20 public health experts to Minister Van Rijn (Medical Care), Minister Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) and Minister Wiebes (Economic Affairs and Climate) with the call to support the worldwide ‘Covid-19 pool’. The organisations call for free sharing […]

The answer to pandemics? Strong public health systems

Finance for Health team Covid-19 demands a rapid response, while investing in public health systems is as important as ever. International financial institutions like the World Bank therefore need to see these uncertain times as the prime opportunity to take measures aimed at social protection, strong public services, decent work, tax justice, and progressive financing […]

Access to medicines & COVID-19: amplifying our message together

Wemos collaborates with other organisations to make our (joint) messages and advocacy stronger. Here are recent letters we have signed with others on access to medicines and COVID-19 – a crucial public health matter in these times.

Covid-19 shows why global solidarity is needed

In her new opinion article, Wemos director Mariëlle Bemelmans explains why the Covid-19 crisis shows the need for global solidarity. ‘There is no point in only improving our own health care, and neglecting it elsewhere, because a virus outbreak elsewhere will eventually reach us all in this globalised world.’

Worldwide access to Covid-19 vaccine

Tom Buis A Global Covid-19 Patent Pool could be the solution Researchers around the world are trying to develop treatments and vaccines against the new Covid-19 virus. This requires huge amounts of public and private funding and cooperation amongst many different organizations. Two potential risks may prevent everyone from accessing the vaccine. Firstly, the lack […]

Following Dutch COVID-19 guidelines

At Wemos we follow the guidelines of the Dutch Government and the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This means that all our staff is working from home as of 16 March.