The incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is increasing around the world. NCDs are estimated to be responsible for 41 million deaths each year, many of which are categorised as ‘premature’. To help identify ways to address this issue in South Asia, The UK Academy of Medical Sciences held a two-day workshop in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
New research from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford has found significant gender bias in research authorship relating to COVID-19, which means that women’s views are not equally shaping the response to the pandemic.
The review found that 27 (54%) apps focussed on dissemination of untargeted COVID-19-related information on preventative strategies and 19 (32%) on monitoring the movements of quarantined individuals 27 (54%). Eight (16%) had a contact tracing and hotspot identification function.