Tafadzwa Dzinamarira, Munyaradzi P. Mapingure, Gallican N. Rwibasira, Solomon Mukwenha, Godfrey Musuka. “COVID-18: Comparison of the Response in Rwanda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.” MEDICC Review 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.37757/MR2021.V23.N3.4.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact worldwide with regions experiencing varying degrees of severity. African countries have mounted different response strategies eliciting varied outcomes. Here, we compare these response strategies in Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe and discuss lessons that could be shared. In particular, Rwanda has a robust and coordinated national health system that has effectively contained the epidemic. South Africa has considerable testing capacity, which has been used productively in a national response largely funded by local resources but affected negatively by corruption. Zimbabwe has an effective point-of-entry approach that utilizes an innovative strategic information system. All three countries would benefit having routine meetings to share experiences and lessons learned during the COVD-19 pandemic.