Science Policy Engagement to support Evidence Informed Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Africa - Shared screen with speaker view
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Pls so what time will the social sciences session begin?
14.55 east Africa time
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Many thanks for joining us in this Teleconvening on Social Science & Policy Research and Modelling impact of vaccines on health systems . As the various presenters share their thoughts around these timely topics, feel free to share your comments and questions on this chat area.
Thank you for the invitation. We seem to have unstable internet. Could we kindly get the presentations send through our email addresses?
If the recordings could be made available after this event and the previous ones, that would be much appreciated.
Wilfred Chalamira Nkhoma
Could the presenter put the slides in presentation mode?
@Maureen, yes, we have taken note of your request.
The issue around sharing data is a tough one to circumvent. From my experience as a statistician in this pandemic, individual covid patient data is treated as "Gold". No one wants to share their covid data and that may be for good reasons. As the framework currently stands, generally institutions with a strong financial muscle often led by governments are the only ones with access to this data. As such, it will take a long time for covid data to be made freely available, by which time we will be dealing with very different variants/strains. Nevertheless, we can still use what has been published to make a case for covid research.
In modelling the COVID-19 response, do you also reflect on what happens to routine healthcare as a consequence?
@Tobias Chirwa, the epidemiological modelling capacity and frameworks for policy engagement seems to be varied across the continent, much stronger in some countries than others. What are some ways in which this capacity can be shared/ harmonised and strengthened for the continent , whilst still ensuring that the modelling capacity remains locally relevant? Or would you say the current framework/capacity suffices?
@ Kennedy Otwombe great points. Calls for us to come together to inform frame works, something we at AESA have started working on via the ASP program looking at data and biospecimen governance in Africa
Where is the place of risk communication and community engagement in the modelling outputs?
Excellent presentations on the impressive modelling initiatives in SA. Reply Questions: how much modelling has been done in other countries, such as Kenya, how applicable is this model to use in different countries, and how much has been done to evaluate
Quality and completeness of data is a problem
@Irene Agyepong do we have specific examples of how quality is a problem. this might run counter to some of the indications. For example The World Mortality Dataset reports undercounting of COVID-19 deaths from 77 countries such as the U.S., U.K., Russia, with only South Africa, Egypt and Mauritius as the only African countries listed
@Tobias and @Lazarus any thoughts on how modelling during Ebola has shaped COVID-19 or not ?
@uzma alam I make this observation in my own country and from discussions with colleagues in the West African sub-region. I think for frank and open sharing of the detailed issues requires a forum in its own right. Difficult to deal with it in a chat box
The evidence of data gaps is there. It is an issue that was already there before covid and covid is very new - an acute on chronic problem
@Irene for sure , lets connect will drop you an email to see when we can chat in detail. thank you so much for bringing this up!
my connectivity is poor its raining in kampala am on and off. Stella
Interesting and important critique of social protection @Ato Kwamena. It would be really helpful to understand if there are/what would be a sustainable alternative for African contexts.
@Leah, the issue of varied in-country capacity is indeed a challenge. Working in colaboration helps to pool together required modelling expertise to support where there are gaps. The idea of harmonised framework would be a good way forward. We have examples of consortium which have explored these.
Dr. Edward Wilson Ansah
@Edward, corruption especially in Developing countries could is another big challenge associated with fighting Covid-19. Thank you @ATO
@Fredreick Armah well said we need communities involved on the policy agenda
@Maureen, Fully agree that modelling has to take into account routine health care - as an indirect effect. Concentration has been on disease burden and interventions.
The need to have social security systems that move peopel out of poverty -rather than making them survive better as 'the poor' is an essential point. Systemic changes are required so we are ready for future pandemic events whether infectious disease or climate related. COVID has again emphasized the need for more equal societies
@Uzma, @irene The issue of data quality is an important and probably needs to be discussed further in light of data sharing, whether we need a template for required data and in what format.
Clearly, from these deliberations, we can see an active role of inter and multidisciplinary research and innovations teams across Africa and its diasporas, to help address what seem to be cross-cutting issues arising from but also exacerbated by the pandemic. Are there active interests in convening and funding such teams, beyond existing consortia? Or better still, expanding memberships in existing consortia to refresh and to inject new blood so that collectively, these issues can be addressed.
Yes be great for the panel to respond to Maureen's question above - and also how evidence from such work can feed into global insights for future response and recovery?
@maureen ayokoru very well said. lets connect on email and will be happy to see how to make suitable connections
Thanks @Uzma, I’ll email you accordingly.
@Helen lambert glad you highlighting the question by Maureen. There are a number of models at AESA which we work through for bringing African Evidence to decision making. A quick example is our climate change prioritization informing IPCC report
Breakout session I: What social factors were considered as especially important at most vulnerable to infection in different countries? Breakout session II: Reflecting on experiences from earlier health emergencies and from COVID-19 to date, what mechanisms have been effective to address inequalities
Marie Chantal Uwimana
Session 1: I am willing to participate
Breakout session III: What stakeholders were involved, and how were their concerns addressed? In what ways were community concerns addressed?
Breakout Session 4:
dr john not included in session one
Thanks @Uzma! Will check out this AESA report
Can we make the feedback brief and focused on key points
Sure. It is. Thank you
Maureen Leah Chirwa
Great summaries of the feedback
Weren’t they! And the sessions were brilliant
In deed great discussions and a lot expertise across the participants.
sustainability is key!
sustainability = development
Lovely round ups
Thanks Verra, a great summary of the discussions
Very insightful discussions. Great sessions!
Many thanks for the excellent summaries
@Joel excellent messages thank you !
Maureen Leah Chirwa
Multidisciplinary leadership and not promoting power struggles on epidemic leadership
The ARIN International Conference on Africa in the Post Covid-19 World had very resourceful Lessons for Research and Policy. You can read more here: https://www.arin-africa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/The-Africa-Research-and-Impact-Network-ARIN-International-Conference-booklet.pdf
And more knowledge outputs here: https://www.arin-africa.org/the-africa-research-and-impact-network-international-conference-on-africa-in-the-post-covid-19-world-lessons-for-research-and-policy/
Nice summary by Joel Onyango
@Vivian, thanks for sharing these.
kindly send me the recordings