News & Analysis: Lessons from Ebola

Community engagement and vaccinations during the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

“Lessons learnt from the Ebola outbreaks in Democratic Republic of Congo have shown that risk communications and community engagement are critical and should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination strategies.”

via World Bank

What developing countries can teach rich countries about how to respond to a pandemic

“Their mantra might best be summarized as: act decisively, act together and act now. When resources are limited, containment and prevention are the best strategies.”

via Quartz Africa

The challenges of delivering a COVID-19 vaccine in Africa requires a new approach

“We can and must step up our readiness to do two things: first, train more workers to be COVID-19 experts, and second, distribute the coming vaccine based on lessons learned through continent-wide collaboration rather than through knowledge residing in individual countries alone.”

via Mail & Guardian

Changes in Energy Sector Financing During COVID-19: Lessons from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

“Despite the importance of the energy sector in the context of a pandemic, energy investments during and post-Ebola declined sharply.”

via Sustainable Energy for All

Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic

“In May, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 190,000 people on the African continent could die if containment measures failed. Yet as the world marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage of deaths than other continents.”

via Reuters

Africa has defied the COVID-19 nightmare scenarios. We shouldn’t be surprised.

“This should have been a moment for media outlets to challenge corrosive narratives about Africa and the idea that Africans are not capable of effective policy-making. We could be learning from the experiences that Africans and their governments have had with pandemics and viral diseases, including Ebola and AIDS.”

via Washington Post

Three lessons from the Global South on combating the pandemic

“In developed countries, local opposition to top-down decrees is undermining the impact of public health initiatives… The key to turning this resistance around, and dealing with a pandemic long term, lies in the Global South. What’s needed is a renewed commitment to community engagement, rather than top-down mandates.”

via The New Humanitarian

Senegal’s quiet COVID-19 success: Test results in 24 hours, temperature checks at every store, no fights over masks

“Senegal has a fragile health care system, a scarcity of hospital beds and about seven doctors for every 100,000 people. Yet Senegal, with a population of 16 million, has tackled COVID-19 aggressively and, so far, effectively.”

via USA Today

Sierra Leonean technologist’s app helps to fight COVID-19

“The Health Outbreak Manager software consists of an app and a comprehensive suite of tools that help collect and manage data for users and COVID-19 responders. Using live data feeds and user-reported information, officials and health organizations can monitor and manage the status of an outbreak and contain the spread.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

In Africa’s COVID-19 Response, Strive, Don’t Settle

“Millions of Africans need not be destined to die of COVID-19 or from the next pandemic. African governments and their partners can strive to build robust, resilient high-quality, equitable medical systems—and they can do it now.”

via Think Global Health