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About the Project 

The Sex, Gender and Covid-19 Project is a partnership of Global Health 50/50, the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). The project is building the world’s largest database of sex-disaggregated data on COVID-19, investigating the roles sex and gender are playing in the outbreak, building the evidence base of whether countries are considering gender and equity in their COVID-19 health policies, and advocating for effective gender-responsive approaches to pandemic.

Understanding and addressing the impacts of both sex and gender on health outcomes is critical to building equitable, sustainable and healthy societies. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. From the first reports of the novel coronavirus, there has been consistent evidence of its gendered impact. In its early investigations, however, Global Health 50/50 found that only a handful of countries were reporting sex-disaggregated data on COVID-19, and that no initiative had taken responsibility for consolidating the data that were available. In response, Global Health 50/50 established the COVID-19 Data Tracker, which compiles national data, disaggregated by sex and age.

More recently, the Project has launched the Sex, Gender and COVID-19 Health Policy Portal which provides the most comprehensive analysis of the inclusion of gender, equity and human rights into national COVID-19 health policies globally, as well as offering an open-access health policy repository.

Over the course of the project, Global Health 50/50, ICRW and APHRC will be working together to expand the Data Tracker, track national policy responses and urge national and sub-national health programmes and global health institutions to report sex-disaggregated data and apply intersectional gender analysis to inform COVID-19 responses.

The project is supported with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


The Tracker and Policy Portal are the result of the dedicated efforts of contributors and volunteers from each partner institution.

GH5050 contributors
Imogen Bakelmun
Kent Buse
Mireille Evagora-Campbell
Sarah Hawkes

Athena Pantazis
Anna Purdie
Sonja Tanaka

APHRC contributors
Dennis Akeyo
Damazo Kadengye

Siki Kigongo
Michelle Mbuthia
Sylvia Muyingo
Moreen Nkonge

ICRW contributors
Pranita Achyut

Kakoli Borkotoky
Abhishek Gautam
Ketaki Nagaraju
Sneha Sharma

GH5050 Collective Contributors
Fiona Bakelmun
Valeria Bello
Tiantian Chen
Bea Coates
Jess Cox
Yu-En Hsu
Mireille Evagora-Campbell
Ilaria Galizia
Unsia Hussain
Fatima Irfan
Ekatha Ann John
Dahye Kim
Rebekah Merriman
Nina Van der Mark
Andrew Riley
Mehrnoosh Samaei
David Zezai
Laure-Anais Zultak

About the Partners

Global Health 50/50

Global Health 50/50® is an independent not-for-profit initiative that generates comprehensive analysis, action and accountability for intersectional gender equality in health globally. Initiated in 2018, its annual
global report along with the Gender and Health Index monitors the policies and practices of hundreds of organizations active in global health and health policy.


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The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a global research institute with offices located in Washington, D.C.; New Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda. Established in 1976 and anchored in the principle of human dignity, ICRW advances gender equity, social inclusion and shared prosperity worldwide. Our researchers dig into the ways gender shapes societies and the ways people’s lives are diminished by power imbalances. We use evidence to inform our advocacy, advisory services and program design. Our evidence sheds light on some of the most intractable challenges facing us and informs solutions that work. 


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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

The African Population and Health Research Center is the continent’s premier research institution and think tank, exploring questions of population health and wellbeing. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with a newly opened satellite office in Dakar, Senegal, the Center seeks to drive change with evidence led by a growing cadre of research leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa. Our teams orient their research agendas according to global and continental development priorities, driven by the belief that Africa and African-generated evidence must be at the forefront of decisions supporting improved growth and development.


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Last updated 6 September 2022

“Robust sex- disaggregated data are needed, not just for global, but for local action. We are pleased to contribute to this initiative – to improve our understanding of the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in East Africa and how the region compares with other parts of the world.”

Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi, APHRC Executive Director

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