Averting a Dual Disaster in Africa: Protecting Essential
Health Services During COVID-19
June 3, 2020 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
In Africa, like the rest
of the world, the impact of COVID-19 is significant. But the attention on
COVID-19 may be masking a greater catastrophe: reduced access to—and
quality of—essential health services.
According to the World
Health Organization, “When health systems are overwhelmed, both direct
mortality from an outbreak and indirect mortality from vaccine-preventable
and treatable conditions increase dramatically.” With the continent’s
long history of disease outbreaks and epidemics, certain African
countries have faced these issues before. What can we learn from the
lessons of previous epidemics on the continent, and what are African
countries doing now to counter dual shocks?
In this timely webinar,
health experts from Africa will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the
delivery of routine health care in their countries, and how knowledge
gained from previous outbreaks is helping.