Research within COVID-19 at GPH
Current research projects, grants and other activities related to COVID-19 at our department.
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EU grant, approx. EUR 10 million (of which 7% to KI), for the project Pan-European Response to the ImpactS of COVID-19 and future Pandemics and Epidemics (PERISCOPE).
Studies connecting to COVID-19 is currently conducted for Region Stockholm.
Equity and Health Policy group
- Grant from The Swedish Research Council for the project: ”Organization and response to covid-19 of municipal health and social care services for older people – impact on mortality and health care utilization in Region Stockholm”. Contact: Bo Burström.
- Bo Burström is part of the project: “C-MOR International comparative study on the direct and indirect mortality burden of COVID-19 since the start of the epidemic”, led from Cyprus.
Global and Sexual Health group
- Anna Mia Ekström and Nicola Orsini received ethics approval for a population-based cohort study in Stockholm to study SARS-CoV-2 among and transmission patterns in children and families. They have written a paper which has been submitted for publication.
- New GloSH member Elin Larsson, together with Anna Kågesten, Anna Mia Ekström, and Carl Fredrik Sjöland, are part of the I-SHARE (International Sexual Health And REproductive Health) study that examines the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on sexual and reproductive health in diverse low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries.
- Leo Ziegel, together with Susanne Rautiainen and Anna Mia Ekström, is currently working with Africa Medical and Behavioural Sciences Organization (AMBSO) in Uganda to conduct telephone interviews to capture COVID-19-related knowledge and changes in food security, mental health, and intimate partner violence.
- As part of her work with GapMinder, Maike Winters has done online surveys in 10 countries at two time points to study common belief in coronavirus-related misinformation and how this belief is associated with public health practices, distrust in information sources and vaccine hesitancy.
- Anna Mia Ekström, Lisen Arnheim Dahlström and Fabian Bolin from the organisation War on Cancer are investigating the impact on COVID19 on cancer patients and their loved ones in terms of their mental health, access to care, isolation, career impact and one’s own view of cancer in Sweden and other countries primarily the UK and USA.
- Anna Mia Ekström, Carl Fredrik Sjöland and Helle Mølsted Alvesson are working with an intervention evaluation in Stockholm and Sweden of an anti- HIV-stigma campaign directed towards men who have sex with men (MSM) which also includes research questions on the impact of COVID-19 on dating patterns among MSM in Sweden.
- Anna Kågesten, Mariano Salazar, Anna Nielsen and Anna Mia Ekström, are just launching a study on the impact COVID-19 lockdowns on gender-based violence and access to care among HIV positive and HIV negative youth I Cape Town South Africa together with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.
- Helena Litorp, Karin Båge, Anna Kågesten, and Anna Mia Ekström are evaluating the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on women economic empowerment in India, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Health Systems and Policy group
- Tim Baker and Carl Otto Schell was awarded £500,000 (SEK 5.7 million) by Wellcome Trust, UK for the project: “Provision of Essential Treatment In Critical Illness (POETIC)”.
- The Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters are conducting a survey study about difficult situations and difficult choices among health care professionals during their work in the COVID-19 pandemic. (A study of experiences of moral stress and its consequences after moral challenges during the pandemic). Collaboration with LIME and the National Centre for Disaster Psychiatry at Uppsala University. Contact: Johan von Schreeb and Martina Gustavsson.
- The project ”Covid-19 hos barn och unga i Stockholm” in collaboration with Sachsska and ALB. Contact: Helena Hildenwall and Tobias Alfvén.
- Tobias Alfvén is member and part of one of the working groups for: ”COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition”
PRIME Health group
- Currently working with a project at CES regarding COVID-19 in Stockholm.
- “The Åland Islands’ SARS-CoV-2 longitudinal cohort: seroepidemiology, perceptions and behaviours” is coordinated by Knut Lönnroth. Other partners include: Ålands landskapsregering, Ålands Hälso- och Sjukvård, Bimelix lab Åland, Högskolan på Åland och Institutet för Hälsa och Välfärd, Finland (THL)
- TB-Sequel project, a cohort study of TB patients in four African countries: COVID-19 testing as well as questions about impact of COVID-19 and related restrictions have been included in the questionnaire about socioeconomic consequences. Contact: Knut Lönnroth.
- For the SPARKS network conference in December 2020 the group are planning a review of social protection and COVID-19.
- “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tuberculosis Service Delivery in Nepal” is a mixed-methods project in Nepal that will start mid-November. Contact: Kristi Sydney Annerstedt.
- Salla Atkins is part of the reporting team of the COVID-19 Health Systems Response Monitor for Finland and co-writer of the blog: Finland’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
- South African study with funding from the MRC, with the title: “Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and response on the health capabilities of a vulnerable population in South Africa: a qualitative study with TB patients”. Contact: Salla Atkins.
- Olivia Biermann is collaborating with Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA) on a scientific publication concerning media reporting and trust in relation to COVID-19 in Sweden. This shall be submitted to a journal during autumn.
Publications and articles:
- Det var inte oväntat att covid-19 slog så ojämlikt. Sarkadi A, Kristensson M, Lönnroth K, Burström B, Sahlin Torp L. Dagens Medicin 2020-07-17.
- Utan kraftfulla insatser riskerar covid-19 att öka. Tao W, Bodin T, Burström B, Holmer H, Irestig R, Kristenson M, Kulane A, Lager A, Lönnroth K, Sahlin Torp L, Sarakadi A. Läkartidningen 2020.04.21
- Income security during public health emergencies: the COVID-19 poverty trap in Vietnam.
Tran PB, Hensing G, Wingfield T, Atkins S, Sidney Annerstedt K, Kazibwe J, et al
BMJ Glob Health 2020 06;5(6):
- Income security during periods of ill health: a scoping review of policies, practice and coverage in low-income and middle-income countries.
Thorpe J, Viney K, Hensing G, Lönnroth K
BMJ Glob Health 2020 06;5(6):
- Income security in times of ill health: the next frontier for the SDGs.
Lönnroth K, Tessier L, Hensing G, Behrendt C
BMJ Glob Health 2020 05;5(6):
- COVID-19 pandemic in Finland - preliminary analysis on health system response and economic consequences.
Tiirinki H, Tynkkynen LK, Sovala M, Atkins S, Koivusalo M, Rautiainen P, et al
Health Policy Technol 2020 Aug;():440
- Lessons from COVID-19 response and shifts in authority: Public trust, policy legitimacy and political inclusion.
Bekker M, Ivankovic D, Biermann O. EJPH. 2020.
- A deadly mix of Covid-19 and superbugs may be the cause of high death rates in Italy – could this also happen in Việt Nam and can it be prevented? Mattias Larsson, William Brian McNaull. Viet Nam News.
- Can virus offer lessons for superbugs? Mattias Larsson, William Brian McNaull. Viet Nam News.
The novel coronavirus (nCoV) Mattias Larsson, William Brian McNaull, Yaron Atzmon. Viet Nam News.