1.What would you say to those who believe Africa lacks expertise in responding to pandemics? (200 words) 5 Marks
Africa has expertise in responding to pandemics. For instance, is the collaboration within the East African Community (EAC) during this COVID-19 pandemic and the goal was to prevent the spread of the virus.
Secondly, while many countries in the Western world failed to implement the known evidence-based interventions immediately, most African countries took this matter seriously to protect their populations. Lockdowns and border closings were implemented very early after the first few cases were reported, to support the strategy of prevention. As early as March 15, various African countries closed their borders, canceled flights, and imposed strict lockdown measures to prevent the influx of cases.
In addition to the implementation of lockdowns, most African countries quickly adopted other evidence-based prevention interventions, such as hand-washing, mask wearing, and social distancing. In other areas, the government used local leaders to identify vulnerable members of communities and provided them with food and financial relief. As of May 19, the government had provided this assistance to 20,000 vulnerable households.