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Pörtner Pens New Research on the Impacts of COVID-19 Lockdown on Healthcare Inaccessibility and Unaffordability in Uganda

Posted: 8/30/2023 (CSDE Research)

CSDE External Affiliate Claus Pörtner, along with co-authors, has published new research on the “Impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on healthcare inaccessibility and unaffordability in Uganda” in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  Several studies have reported adverse consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns on the utilization of healthcare services across Africa. However, little is known about the channels through which lockdowns impacted healthcare utilization. This study focuses on unaffordability as a reason for not utilizing healthcare services. Using nationally representative longitudinal household data and a household fixed-effects model, he finds that the lockdown in Uganda was associated with an 8.4% higher likelihood of respondents being unable to access healthcare when treatment was needed relative to the non-lockdown periods. Excellent work, Dr. Pörtner!

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