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Preparing for the next pandemic: A conversation with Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong

Preparing for the next pandemic: A conversation with Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong table
Date12 Feb 2021
Time9:00 am 10:00 am EST |2:00 pm3:00 pm GMT
Provider The Brookings Institution
Type Virtual
CostNo Cost
Booking URLhttps://www.brookings.edu/events/preparing-for-the-next-pandemic-a-conversation-with-africa-cdc-director-dr-john-nkengasong/?utm_campaign=Events%3A%20Global%20Economy%20and%20Development&utm_medium=email&utm_content=109699894&utm_source=hs_email

Initial dire predictions around the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa have not come to pass. The fragility of many of Africa’s health systems—including underfunded hospitals, low doctor-to-patient ratios, high disease burdens, and gaps in access to vital pharmaceuticals and medical supplies such as ventilators—at first portended devastating outcomes for Africa’s citizens. So far, though, Africa has not been hit as hard as other regions of the world, partly due to efforts at the continental, national, and even individual levels of citizens who responded expeditiously to the lockdown and other measures. Then again, the continent is not yet out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic, especially as new, more infectious variants spread around the world.

Importantly, and unfortunately, COVID-19 will also likely not be the last pandemic, and Africa’s outcomes next time could very well be different. Lingering gaps in access to care (including medical staff and supplies), growing antibiotic resistance, increased incidence of noncommunicable diseases, and low levels of human development will continue to complicate Africa’s efforts to protect and improve the health of its citizens. With these obstacles in mind, how might and should Africa and its global partners improve their responses to current and future threats? What lessons have we learned from COVID-19, Ebola, and other endemic diseases that policymakers and implementers can apply going forward?

To reflect on the challenges and successes around the COVID-19 pandemic, on February 12, the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative will host Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong for a conversation on how the continent can be better prepared for the next pandemic. The conversation will explore strategies for strengthening vital national public health institutions; increasing local production of medications, vaccines, and diagnostics; and investing in an effective public health workforce.

After the program, the panelists will take audience questions. Viewers can submit questions for panelists via email to events@brookings.edu or via Twitter at @BrookingsGlobal or by using #PandemicPrep.


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