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How Covid helped Africa improve public health

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How Covid helped Africa improve public health

By working together it achieved much. Now the continent must build on that to establish a new public health order

Ebere Okereke

The Covid-19 pandemic has tested Africa’s public healthcare systems. It exposed weaknesses, gaps and inequalities, but also potential solutions.

The challenges presented by the pandemic are an opportunity for African health systems to move beyond their current limitations. Many have been pushed to develop innovative approaches.

Countries rapidly expanded diagnostic capacity and genomics and increased the use of electronic health records. Nations and sectors (public and private) pooled resources in response to the logistical challenges of delivering an adult vaccination programme at pace. Scientific capacity across the continent, while limited, pooled together in effective partnerships...

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