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Natalie E. Dean, PhD+ Your Authors @nataliexdean Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at @UF specializing in emerging infectious diseases and vaccine study design. @HarvardBiostats PhD. Tweets my own. May. 20, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

"The Blind Spot in Africa’s COVID-19 Response: Western Public Health Tactics Won’t Work – This Local Solution Might"

The local solution this article talks about is hiring and training large teams of community health workers. A few key points. 

The piece focuses on training large teams of young community health workers to (1) educate the public about prevention, and (2) help stop transmission. It positions investment in hiring as a way to generate employment for young people.

The article emphasizes the value of arming the community with complete and accurate information through educational campaigns. It also talks about working with local health officials and their partners to “train the trainers” – teachers and faith leaders.

To help stop transmission, large teams of contact tracers can go door to door, screening for COVID-19. They can note travel histories, take temperatures, and assess other risk factors. If necessary, people can be referred to testing. This is being done now in South Africa.

The most successful strategies will be integrated into local realities. For example, the author launched a successful prenatal care program that located health centers next to markets and aligned service delivery days with market days.

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