Initial COVID-19 responses in Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda: Documentation and learning from March to May 2020

Initial COVID-19 responses in Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda: Documentation and learning from March to May 2020

Maintains undertook a rapid situation analysis in five countries to see what Maintains can learn from COVID-19 around the national ability to scale-up to respond to this multi-sectoral shock. These rapid analyses used a systems lens and focused on the leadership and governance of the response to the pandemic, and its impact across social sectors, with a focus on the health sector. Governments have directed focus and resources to managing COVID-19 but the complexity of the issues and their multi-sectoral nature has challenged often limited state capability. In particular, it is a clear challenge to balance strategies to contain COVID-19 infection with the secondary effects caused by these strategies. COVID-19 will be a factor for all countries for a long time. A crucial course-correction is needed now to improve the future for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. exec sum here