COVID-19 and Africa: Does One Size Fit All in Public Health Intervention?
in Colleen M Flood et al, eds, Vulnerable: The Policy, Law and Ethics of COVID-19 (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press) [2020 Forthcoming]
13 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 24, 2020
Taking into account the socio-economic, cultural, and political dynamics of Africa, and drawing from a universe of publicly available information, this chapter explores Africa’s experiences with selected aspects of COVID-19 public health and associated response measures. It aims, in part, to identify facets of the contextual dynamics of the continent that warrant creative and fit- for-context public health responses outside of a one-size-fits-all milieu. Also, the chapter identifies and reflects on some real and potential lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 experience on the African continent that could reposition the continent and enhance its resilience in the face of the first global pandemic in a globalized and technology-driven world order.
Keywords: COVID-19, New Coronavirus, Global Pandemic, Africa, Public Health, Technolgy, Interventions
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