Our preceding messages are currently being prepared as a learning brief for publication on the WHO website. In the meantime, here are a few highlights from the discussion I’d like to share:

Mmusetsi Mokwatsi, South Africa “In South Africa, Sad thing was that children who tested positive for COVID-19 and were due to have surgery, were send back to their referring hospital. These are children coming as far as Eastern Cape province, North West province and Swaziland. They had travelled all this way to have their surgery done and they had to go back without the surgery”. [53]

Joseph Ana (Nigeria) “Every facet of the continuum of the health system is affected, from promotive to preventive, curative, rehabilitative and continuity of care… The majority of the populations are in denial of the existence of COVID-19 and would rather believe conspiracy theories, especially in countries like Nigeria. Simple messages that cost little to nothing and which individuals should implement are neglected, e.g., wearing a mask, physical distancing, handwashing”…Readmore