The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic : an urgent need to relook at the training of the African health workforce
CITATION: Reid, M., Suleman, F. & De Villiers, M. 2020. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic : an urgent need to relook at the training of the African health workforce. South African Medical Journal, 110(4):261, doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i4.14713.
The original publication is available at http://www.samj.org.za
As of 11 March 2020, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic had infected over 120 000 people in more than 90 countries, of whom 4 369 had died.  As recent modelling analysis highlights, the evolving impact of SARS-CoV-2 will be as a large outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that may rapidly overwhelm existing health services. To avoid the worst of outcomes, African health systems must act quickly and decisively. Investing in health professions education will be essential to both containing and managing the pandemic and any other new infections in the future. Here we describe how a transnational HIV training project, implemented by the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), offers a template for how we can deploy African-bred approaches to address this emerging threat.