On Monday, January 25, 2021 Friends of the Global Fight held a conversation with Dr. Raji Tajudeen, Head of Division, Research and Public Health Institutes at the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, on how COVID-19 is affecting the continent, including the urgent need to scale up vaccines and rapid diagnostic tests and mitigate damage to AIDS, TB, malaria, immunization and other programs.
Community Health Workers
#Communityhealth workers are critical to #COVID19 response and need support. “We need to deploy #CHWs at scale to identify cases before they become severe,” says @MohdTajudeen from @AfricaCDC at @theglobalfight event live now. pic.twitter.com/orTp8M53CK— Living Goods (@Living_Goods) January 25, 2021
Impact on AIDS, TB and Malaria
Dr. Tajudeen explains that one lesson learned from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was that if we’re not careful, the increased number of deaths from disrupted AIDS, TB and malaria programs can exceed the deaths directly from Ebola, or now COVID-19. #FriendsHealthChat pic.twitter.com/c9Eklw3Kfl— Friends of the GF (@theglobalfight) January 25, 2021
On vaccines, Dr. Tajudeen mentions equity, moral responsibility and human rights. Asks how we can use this opportunity for Africa to develop the capacity for its own vaccine response through technology transfer ahead of the next pandemic. #FriendsHealthChat pic.twitter.com/PZtAZfmjw5— Friends of the GF (@theglobalfight) January 25, 2021