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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has set back the sustainable development agenda in countless ways. Yet by shining a spotlight on issues that can no longer be ignored, and restoring science to its proper place at the center of decision-making processes, the crisis can also spur progress toward building more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive societies. In Back to Health, created with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading experts will consider what it will take to seize this opportunity and bring all communities and societies back to health.

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      A Rights-Based Path to Global Health

      Gro Harlem Brundtland urges world leaders to ensure that COVID-19 recovery efforts do not overlook the poor and marginalized.
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      Unlocking Girls’ Potential Through Technology

      Jessica Posner Odede shows how existing technologies can be used to deliver information and services to girls in developing countries.
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      Africa’s Human-Capital Imperative

      Carl Manlan reminds policymakers that public health is a prerequisite for economic prosperity and resilience.
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      The Added Value of Vaccination

      Seth Berkley shows how routine immunization programs in poorer countries help to improve global disease surveillance.
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      South Korea’s Health-Centered Development Model

      Lee Jong-Wha argues that the country’s universal-coverage system provides a roadmap for today’s developing economies.
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      Decolonizing Public Health

      Tlaleng Mofokeng describes the pillars of an anti-racist, anti-sexist approach during the pandemic and beyond.
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      Transforming Education After the Pandemic

      Julia Gillard calls on governments to ensure learning opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable children.
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      Preserving Women’s Bodily Autonomy

      Natalia Kanem calls attention to the consequences of impaired sexual and reproductive health services during the pandemic.
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      A Feminist Recovery

      Lina AbiRafeh shows why policies designed by and for women are the key to “building back better” after the pandemic.
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      What We Owe Farmers

      Ajay Vir Jakhar calls for less lecturing about sustainability and more policies based on smallholders' lived experiences.
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      How to Balance Debt and Development

      Homi Kharas & Meagan Dooley urge policymakers to address two collective-action problems that markets cannot resolve on their own.
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      Lipstick and COVID-19

      Sarah Hawkes & Kent Buse highlight the powerful influence of gender on unequal health outcomes during the pandemic.

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