The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed health system weaknesses of economically wealthy countries with advanced technologies. COVID-19 is nowmoving fast across Africa where small outbreaks have been reported so far. There is a concern that with the winter transmission will grow rapidly. Despite efforts of African Governments to promptly establish mitigating measures, rural areas, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, risk being neglected. In those settings, faith-based and other non-governmental organizations, if properly equipped and supported, can play a crucial role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We describe our experience in two rural health facilities in eSwatini and Ethiopia highlighting the struggle towards preparedness and the urgency of international support to help prevent a major public health disaster.
The neglected role of faith-based organizations in prevention and control of COVID-19 in Africa / P.N. Vilakati, S. Villa, R. Alagna, B. Khumalo, S. Tshuma, V. Quaresima, N.R. Nieman, D.M. Cirillo, M.C. Raviglione. - In: TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE. - ISSN 0035-9203. - 114:10(2020 Aug 27), pp. 784-786.
|Titolo:||The neglected role of faith-based organizations in prevention and control of COVID-19 in Africa|
VILLA, SIMONE (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Africa; COVID-19; FBOs; NGOs; Preparedness; Africa; Betacoronavirus; COVID-19; Coronavirus Infections; Humans; Pandemics; Pneumonia, Viral; SARS-CoV-2; Faith-Based Organizations|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/42 - Igiene Generale e Applicata|
Settore MED/17 - Malattie Infettive
|Data di pubblicazione:||27-ago-2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/traa073|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|