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COVID-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic intersects and relates to several of our research priorities, especially global health, policy-related evidence, health inequites and determinants, migration, and infectious disease epidemiology.

As such, the department seeks to contribute to knowledge in these diverse, but interrelated fields. We are interested in national and supranational governance aspects of the pandemic, examining reciprocal relationships between inequality and spread or management of Covid-19, vulnerabilities towards the virus and pandemic policy responses, and methods to monitor the Covid-19 epidemic to support containment and mitigation strategies.

 

 

Covid19 Pandemic Policy Monitor

The Covid19 Pandemic Policy Monitor (Covid19-PPM) is building a database on various containment measures taken and their temporal sequence on national, state and/or district level in the EU27, the EEA and the UK. The resulting database will allow to track and analyse the effect of different measures taken in reducing the slope of the epidemiological curve of COVID-19, while controlling for other relevant factors across countries. In doing so, the research will examine the effectiveness in reducing the rise in incidence depending on the timing and combinations of interventions taken.

Covid19-PPM is collaborating with Covid19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. More..
 

Covid19 Small-area Monitor

Timely and regional data is essential to monitor the dynamics of the Covid-19 epidemiology, and such data will be even more important in the aftermath of the first wave of the pandemic when lock-down measures are removed or relaxed. Existing approaches at small-area level monitor daily incident cases, incident deaths, or cumulative incidence or mortality per population. Such measures of disease frequency, however, provide only limited information on regional risks. More sophisticated measures, such as reproduction rates come along with a time-lag and are not available at small-area level.

We use daily data of Robert Koch-Institute to calculate standardised incidence ratios (SIR) and mortality ratios (SMR) at small-area district level to provide a measure of observed versus expected cases given the underlying age- and sex- structure of the district population. We further model district-level risk using spatial epidemiology methods. Go to tool and more information.
 

Rapid Review Response Unit (RRRUn)for Population Health Action and Evidence-Informed Policy

The unit aims to produce timely best-available evidence on population health determinants, risks, or interventions to inform societal action or policy making in situations which require a scientific basis for decision making. At the moment, the RRRUn aligns its work completely with the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19 to facilitate generation of evidence for decision making in the scope of the pandemic.

Individuals, health organisations, public health services, and policy makers may suggest topics to be considered for a rapid review under the RRRUn. More..
 

Lancet Migration - Migration and Covid-19 Working Group

As the world responds to the unprecedented global public health emergency of the Covid-19 pandemic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, who are often excluded from health systems and living in informal contexts, or in detention/reception centres, face much greater challenges.

As part of the Lancet Migration network and the ‘Migration and Covid-19 Working Group’ we contribute to the discussion across regions on this topic; collate academic resources on the topic; and produce and disseminate relevant expert public health evidence around migration and Covid19. More..

 

News from the School of Public Health

News from AG 2

24 October 2020
Die Angst vor dem Hotspot Asylbewerberheim”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr.

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5 October 2020
New publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr published in The Lancet: "Power of and power over COVID-19 response guidelines”

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16 September 2020
New publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and colleagues published in: Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean: trends, risks, development and governance
Health information management in the context of forced migration in Europe"

31 August 2020
News story in POLITICO with contributions by Prof. Bozorgmehr:
Germany eyes global health ambitions as US steps back"

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15 June 2020
So leicht hat es das Virus in Flüchtlingsheimen”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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12 June 2020
Plötzlich ein Corona-Hotspot”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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29 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour and others as part of the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19:
SARS-CoV2 in collective refugee accommodation: Epidemiological and normativ-legal aspects
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28 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and other colleagues in Frontiers in Psychiatry:
Predictors of Asylum Seekers’ Health Care Utilization in the Early Phase of Resettlement
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04 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Razum (AG3), Verena Penning (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour und Prof. Bozorgmehr in Das Gesundheitswesen :
Covid-19 in Refugee Shelters: The German Public Health Service Needs Strengthening Now
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01 May 2020
Covid19-Small Area Monitor (Covid19-SAM) launched:
New instrument by AG2 to enable time-sensitive and small-area monitoring of the current Covid19 pandemic.
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03 April 2020
Commentary published in The Lancet Public Health:
COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe
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02 March 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and Prof. Razum (A8):
Lost in Ambiguity: Facilitating Access or Upholding Barriers to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany?
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02 March 2020
Health Policy and Systems Responses to Forced Migration :
Publication of the new book by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum and colleagues from Heidelberg University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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10 February 2020
Wie Wohlstand in Entwicklungsländern zur Krebsfalle wird”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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03 February 2020
New staff in the AG 2: Starting with February, we are glad to welcome Ms. Judith Wenner (MSc) as new staff member in our team.

15 January 2020
New staff in the AG 2: We are glad to welcome Mr. Diogo Costa (PhD) as new staff member in our team.

06 January 2020
New publication on ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations among asylum seekers in Germany published in "BMJ Open":
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