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Toward a New Paradigm of North–South and South–South Partnerships for Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and Other Outbreaks

Nsanzimana, S; Rawat, A; Wilson, LA; Forrest, JI; Reis, G; Ramagopalan, S; Muyembe-Tamfum, JJ; ... Mills, EJ; + view all (2022) Toward a New Paradigm of North–South and South–South Partnerships for Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and Other Outbreaks. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene , 107 (6) pp. 1162-1165. 10.4269/ajtmh.22-0466. Green open access

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Abstract

COVID-19 underscores the need to reimagine North–South partnerships and redefine best practices for building public health and research capacity to address emergent health threats and pandemic preparedness in low- and-middle income countries (LMICs). Historically, outbreak and emergency responses have failed to ensure that the Global South has the autonomy and capacity to respond to public health threats in a timely and equitable manner. The COVID-19 response, however, has demonstrated that innovations and solutions in the Global South can not only fill resource and capacity gaps in LMICs but can also provide solutions to challenges globally. These innovations offer valuable lessons about strengthening local manufacturing capacity to produce essential diagnostic, treatment, and prevention tools; implementing high-quality research studies; expanding laboratory and research capacity; and promoting effective cooperation and governance. We discuss specific examples of capacity-building from Rwanda, South Africa, and Senegal. To fulfill promises made to the Global South during the COVID-19 pandemic, restore and resume health service delivery, and effectively prevent and respond to the next health threat, we need to prioritize equitable access to local manufacturing of basic health tools while building health systems capacities in the Global South.

Type: Article
Title: Toward a New Paradigm of North–South and South–South Partnerships for Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and Other Outbreaks
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.22-0466
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.22-0466
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2022 The author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Humans, Pandemics, COVID-19, Disease Outbreaks, Capacity Building, Public Health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Infection and Immunity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10162478
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