Using Data to Report the Human Impact of COVID-19: New Resources from the Alliance for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC)



The webinar offers strategies for communicating new findings.April 1, 202 6:00 PM EDT // 3:00 PM EAT Register here

New York, USA, March 30, 2021 – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – Last week, the Association for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC) released the findings of its third survey , which surveyed more than 25,000 adults from 19 African Union Member States on the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and government response measures. PERC analyzes responses to public opinion surveys along with social, economic, and epidemiological data.

Some notable findings from the most recent survey include: • Respondents’ willingness to get vaccinated varied widely across the continent: from 35% of respondents in Tunisia to 91% of respondents in Morocco. • While support for individual preventive measures, such as hand washing and use of masks, remained high, support for measures restricting social gatherings and movement restrictions dropped dramatically since August 2020. • Loss of income and problems with access to food were severe in almost all Member States and have greatly worsened since August. This webinar with panelists from Ipsos, Columbia University, and the Ghana Health Service is designed for journalists to learn how to use PERC-collected data accurately and effectively. A question and answer session moderated by Rolf Rosenkranz from the Global Health Promotion Incubator will follow the discussion.

Date: Thursday, April 1Time: 08:00 – 09:00 EDT // 14: 00-15: 00 CATLanguage: French English To attend the webinar, please registerhere.

• Virginia Nkwanzi Isingoma, Director of Public Affairs for Sub-Saharan Africa, IPSOS
• Dr. Wilmot James, Principal Investigator, Columbia University, Former Member of Parliament (South Africa)
• Dr. Da Costa Aboagye, Director of Health Promotion, Ghana Health Service

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About the Alliance for Evidence-Based COVID-19 Response (PERC)
The Association for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC) is a public-private partnership that supports evidence-based measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in African Union Member States. PERC has published two regional quarterly reports (Part I in May 2020 and Part II in September 2020); other products are available on the PERC website. PERC member organizations are: African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies; World Health Organization; the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team; and the World Economic Forum. Ipsos and Novetta Mission Analytics bring market research experience and years of data analytics support to the association.

About the determination to save lives
Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, focuses on preventing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and preventing epidemics. Resolve to Save Lives is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. Resolve received additional funding for the COVID-19 response from these donors and the Start Small Foundation, CDC Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.For more information, visit: or Twitter @ResolveTSL and @DrTomAmigos.

About Vital Strategies
Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes that all people should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that address their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is for governments to adopt promising large-scale interventions as quickly as possible. For more information, visit or Twitter @VitalStrat.

About Ipsos
Ipsos is the third largest market research company in the world, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionate and curious research professionals, analysts, and scientists have developed unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide real insight and powerful insight into the actions, opinions, and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, clients, or employees. Our 75 business solutions are based on raw data from our surveys, social media monitoring, and qualitative or observational techniques. “Game Changers,” our motto, sums up our ambition to help our 5,000 clients navigate our rapidly changing world with confidence.

Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has been listed on Euronext Paris since July 1, 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS: FP

About the Ghana Health Service
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is a Ghanaian government agency established in 1996 as part of the Ghana health sector reform. The Health Service depends on the Ministry of Health. The health service primarily manages the health services provided by the government and in the implementation of government policies on health care.

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