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, including 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.
Ideas we are looking for:
- Adequate information sharing
- Ways to adapt the existing effective strategies in different countries across the continent.
- Coordinated systems to prioritize testing.
- Tracing systems.
- Adopting and enforcing social distancing.
- Assisting people who become sick.
- Health in public places.