Media Coverage
September 30, 2021
The Dhaka Tribune reports on IPA's study of more than 340,000 people across 600 villages in Bangladesh that demonstrated the effectiveness of masks—particularly surgical masks—in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The findings of this evaluation, the largest of its kind, may help inform the COVID response across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Media Coverage
September 30, 2021
NBC News highlights IPA's large-scale study on mask-wearing in Bangladesh that points to the importance of masks in reducing COVID-19 infections.
Media Coverage
September 30, 2021
The Economist features a study in Bangladesh on the impact of promoting and facilitating mask-wearing to prevent transmission of COVID-19. In this program, increased mask use (particularly of surgical masks) reduced symptomatic infections. Similar interventions are being scaled up across South Asia, a region has been hit hard by the virus.
Media Coverage
September 30, 2021
The Atlantic's Derek Thompson writes on the more broadly applicable results of a community mask-wearing study in Bangladesh and what did and didn't work to encourage people to wear masks.
Media Coverage
September 30, 2021
Researchers Jason Abaluck, Laura H. Kwong, and Stephen P. Luby write in The New York Times on what a study in Bangladesh affirms about the importance of wearing masks to prevent COVID-19.
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September 30, 2021
In The Washington Post, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Ashley Styczynski, and Heidi McAnnally-Linz describe the research and findings of the first large-scale study on mask-wearing and what it can teach us about curbing the global spread of COVID-19.
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Press Release
September 01, 2021
New study is the first randomized trial to show that wearing masks reduces COVID-19 in a real-world setting. 
Media Coverage
August 31, 2021
NPR's Goats and Soda blog tells the story behind IPA's work in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing, reflecting on how this research could potentially help inform COVID-19 prevention efforts in the U.S.
Media Coverage
July 30, 2021
Yale University's School of Management features their research in collaboration with IPA and Stanford University to NORMalize mask-wearing in Bangladesh.
Media Coverage
July 30, 2021
Northwestern Univesity expands on results from a paper in February 2021 on the economic impact of COVID-19 in nine lower- and middle-income countries. Overall, findings showed the pandemic took a significant toll on key livelihood outcomes—including food security, employment, and domestic violence—across several LMICs and that the economic shock will have long-term consequences.
a2i center, Rajbari, Bangladesh
July 07, 2021
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of posts about adapting an ongoing policy project about digital payments with Bangladesh’s government to the current COVID-19 crisis. While the characters in this article, Kamala and her daughter, are fictional, their experience is based on that of many women IPA interviewed in our latest monitoring survey.
 
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Media Coverage
June 28, 2021
Bangladesh's The Daily Star features an op-ed with Mushfiq Mobarak and Asif Saleh on IPA's work in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing through No-cost free masks distribution door-to-door, Offering information on mask-wearing via video and brochures, Reinforcement in-person and in public, and Modelling and endorsement by
Media Coverage
June 28, 2021
In an op-ed for The Indian Express, Mushfiq Mobarak, Maha Rehman, and Satchit Balsari write on the need for collaboration between countries in South Asia to address COVID-19 in the region, citing the scale-up of an IPA-tested model in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing.
Media Coverage
May 26, 2021
In the Dhaka Tribune, Mushfiq Mobarak describes how the "polite intervention" of a Bangladesh study normalizing community mask-wearing was shown to be more effective than the threat of legal punishment.
Media Coverage
May 26, 2021
Business Standard reports on how a recent study on mask use in Bangladesh could inform public policy in rural parts of India. To start this scale-up, the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is piloting a similar project for the two million women in its network in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Note: The article is gated.

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