Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak
Uncovering the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Mushfiq Mobarak investigated how mental health fared after the pandemic arrived in eight low- and middle-income countries, and found signs of a sharp, and lasting, deterioration.
In a First, Randomized Study Shows That Masks Reduce COVID-19 Infections
A large study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Jason Abaluck and Mushfiq Mobarak found that a mask-promotion program in Bangladesh significantly lowered symptomatic infections, especially among older people and when surgical masks are used.
Send Vaccines Where People Want Them: Developing Nations
COVID-19 vaccine acceptance is significantly higher in low- and middle-income countries than wealthy ones. Prioritizing those countries for vaccine distribution could help save more lives and keep variants at bay.
Study in Bangladesh Identifies Keys to Encouraging Mask-Wearing
A team of researchers, including Yale SOM’s Jason Abaluck and Mushfiq Mobarak, tested multiple methods for encouraging use of masks in Bangladesh and identified a group of simple interventions that tripled usage.
Skilled Workers Flee from Polluted Cities, Hampering Economic Growth
In China, highly educated people are more likely to move away from areas with poor air quality. Reducing pollution could substantially increase GDP there and in other countries, according to a new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Mushfiq Mobarak.
How COVID-19 Is Making Gender Inequality Worse in Low-Income Countries—and What to Do About It
Gender disparities in social and economic outcomes, already larger in the developing world than in rich countries, have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Policy action is badly needed to address the compounding of existing inequalities and protect the most vulnerable women.
Seeking Scalable Solutions to Poverty
Prof. Mushfiq Mobarak describes the arc of his research on scalable, evidence-based policy responses to poverty and how existing research tools have been applied to fight COVID.
Study Examines Spread of COVID-19 among Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
Yale SOM’s Mushfiq Mobarak and his co-authors investigated the prevalence of the disease in the crowded refugee camps and offered recommendations to slow its spread.
Responding to COVID-19 in the Developing World
The mass social distancing strategy being used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the United States and Europe doesn’t easily translate to a developing country like Bangladesh, which lacks the capacity to impose restrictions or provide a social safety net for the unemployed.
When Women Speak, Do People Listen?
In a study of farming villages in Malawi, Yale SOM’s Mushfiq Mobarak and his colleagues found that women’s performance on communication tasks seemed to be hindered by how other people received their work.