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Africa’s Response Mechanisms to the Ramification of COVID-19

Version 1 : Received: 24 November 2020 / Approved: 25 November 2020 / Online: 25 November 2020 (12:53:22 CET)

How to cite: Ezeh, C.; Monkam, P.; Amatus, G.; Magoua, J.J.; Namusamba, M.; Babuna, P. Africa’s Response Mechanisms to the Ramification of COVID-19. Preprints 2020, 2020110639 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0639.v1). Ezeh, C.; Monkam, P.; Amatus, G.; Magoua, J.J.; Namusamba, M.; Babuna, P. Africa’s Response Mechanisms to the Ramification of COVID-19. Preprints 2020, 2020110639 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0639.v1).

Abstract

The ongoing crisis of COVID-19 pandemic that swept across the world, poses serious challenges on health delivery systems particularly in developing countries. In Africa however, the crisis rather inspires and sparks creativity and innovation at the national, institutional, organizational, and individual levels. This paper unravels Africa’s response mechanisms to the virus that might have relatively contributed to the low infection rate of the pandemic within the continent. Some criteria are adopted to assess and assemble the most influential government policies and home-grown innovations from various African countries and territories within the continent. It is found that, some of the innovations do not only help in combating the virus, but also have socio-economic benefits as they substantially complement government efforts in easing the burden of the citizenry as they cope with preventive protocols imposed on them. This study will be helpful in identifying the most significant home-based innovations that can be improved and used to reduce health delivery crises within the continent even after COVID-19.

Subject Areas

COVID 19; response strategies; African continent; pandemic; innovative solutions

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