A Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit For The African Governments And Relevant Institutions

Authored By:

H. Onyeaka

,

P. Tamasiga

,

A.T. Guta

,

M.S. Kalane

,

H. Nkoutchou

,

October 14, 2021

Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been largely inconsistent owing to the lack of a preparedness toolkit. Regardless of these shortcomings in Africa’s operational systems, which the present pandemic has exposed, there is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the lessons obtained from this challenging time. Therefore, it is imperative to develop a toolkit that presents valuable and informative materials to support governments in managing the populace during a pandemic. In a similar vein, a pandemic toolkit will enable political actors to make evidence-informed decisions in times of public crisis. The insights offered in this pandemic preparedness toolkit will provide the needed support and meaningful communications strategies that will help African governments and relevant institutions in navigating challenging circumstances provoked by a pandemic.

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