The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inadequacies in the health systems of many countries globally. In Africa, the same exposure of health system weaknesses is unraveling as in the rest of the world, but there is another dimension: how the responses and recovery trajectories beyond the pandemic intertwine with development realities. The strategies that have proved effective elsewhere which include testing, tracing, adopting and enforcing social distancing, timeous decision-making to stop economies from free-falling, and engagement of the private sector are harder to adapt due to historical and contemporary development realities of inequality.
Still, COVID-19 has so far taught countries that there is no need to ‘reinvent the wheel’ of measures to deploy but to tailor them to national and local contexts. Health is the main focus at the moment all around the world as the economic recovery relies heavily on protecting public health and stopping the spread of the COVID-19.