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Challenges associated with the response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic in Africa—an African Diaspora perspective

Source(s):  Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

This publication assesses how  lessons learnt during the 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa can help to mitigate the likelihood of a long-term devastating effect of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on the African continent. The 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa extracted huge health, social, and economic costs. The majority of Africa countries have been at low to moderate risk for COVID-19. However, they have experienced many sociocultural, economic, political, and structural challenges. These have included laboratory capacity and logistical challenges; ill-equipped public health systems; land border permeability, and delayed preparedness to transnational threats; and abject economic deprivation, lack of basic infrastructure, and associated sociocultural implications.

This publication concludes that there needs to be a strong country-level leadership to coordinate and own all aspects of the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in a collaborative, transparent, and accountable way. Strategic and sustained response plans to fight the pandemic should incorporate culturally competent strategies that harness different cultural practices and strengthen cultural security. They should also promote and strengthen the implementation of the International Health Regulations.



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  • Challenges associated with the response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic in Africa—an African Diaspora perspective
  • Publication date 2021
  • Author(s) Renzaho, Andre
  • Number of pages 6 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 10.1111/risa.13596 (DOI)

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