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In Africa, like the rest of the world, the impact of COVID-19 is significant. But the attention on COVID-19 may be masking a greater catastrophe: reduced access toand quality ofessential health services.

According to the World Health Organization, “When health systems are overwhelmed, both direct mortality from an outbreak and indirect mortality from vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically.” With the continent’s long history of disease outbreaks and epidemics, certain African countries have faced these issues before. What can we learn from the lessons of previous epidemics on the continent, and what are African countries doing now to counter dual shocks?

In this timely webinar, health experts from Africa will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the delivery of routine health care in their countries, and how knowledge gained from previous outbreaks is helping.


Midori de Habich - Technical Director, USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS), Abt Global


Dr. Ambrose Talisuna – Regional Advisor, International Health Regulations & Global Health Security, and Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO)

Dr. Richard Lessells - Infectious Diseases Specialist and Epidemiologist, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Dr. Pierre Barker - Chief Global Programs and Partnerships Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Ali Ouenzar - Deputy Chief of Party – USAID Government Support, Abt Global, Efficiencies for Clinical HIV Outcomes (ECHO) project, Mozambique

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