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From easing lockdowns to scaling-up community-based COVID-19 screening, testing, and contact tracing in Africa : shared approaches, innovations, and challenges to minimize morbidity and mortality

dc.contributor.authorNachega, Jean B.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorGrimwood, Ashrafen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMahomed, Hassanen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorFatti, Geoffreyen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPreiser, Wolfgangen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorKallay, Oscaren_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMbala, Placide K.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMuyembe, Jean-Jacques T.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorRwagasore, Edsonen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNsanzimana, Sabinen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNgamije, Danielen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorCondo, Jeanineen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSidat, Moshinen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNoormahomed, Emilia V.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorReid, Michaelen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorLukeni, Beatriceen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSuleman, Fatimaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMteta, Alfreden_ZA
dc.contributor.authorZumla, Alimuddinen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-05T07:59:42Z
dc.date.available2020-06-05T07:59:42Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationNachega, J. B. et al. 2020. From easing lockdowns to scaling-up community-based COVID-19 screening, testing, and contact tracing in Africa : shared approaches, innovations, and challenges to minimize morbidity and mortality. Clinical Infectious Diseases, ciaa695, doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa695.
dc.identifier.issn1537-6591 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1093/cid/ciaa695
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/108646
dc.descriptionCITATION: Nachega, J. B. et al. 2020. From easing lockdowns to scaling-up community-based COVID-19 screening, testing, and contact tracing in Africa : shared approaches, innovations, and challenges to minimize morbidity and mortality. Clinical Infectious Diseases, ciaa695, doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa695.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://academic.oup.com/cid
dc.description.abstractThe arrival of COVID-19 to the African continent resulted in a range of locally relevant lockdown measures, which curtailed the spread of SARS-CoV-2 but caused economic hardship for large sections of the population. African countries now face difficult choices regarding easing of lockdowns and sustaining effective public health control measures and surveillance. Control of the COVID-19 pandemic will require efficient community screening, testing, contact tracing, and behavioral change interventions, adequate resources, and a well-supported, community-based team of trained, protected personnel. We discuss COVID-19 screening-testing-contact tracing approaches used in selected African countries and the need for shared, affordable, innovative methods to overcome challenges and minimize mortality rates. This crisis presents a unique opportunity to align COVID-19 services with those already in place for HIV, TB, Malaria, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through mobilization of Africa's inter-professional healthcare workforce to contain the pandemic. By addressing the challenges, the detrimental effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on African citizens can be minimized.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa695/5849218
dc.format.extent20 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.subjectCOVID-19 (Disease) -- Medical examinationsen_ZA
dc.subjectQuarantine -- Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectCommunicable diseases -- Preventionen_ZA
dc.subjectMedical care -- Africaen_ZA
dc.titleFrom easing lockdowns to scaling-up community-based COVID-19 screening, testing, and contact tracing in Africa : shared approaches, innovations, and challenges to minimize morbidity and mortalityen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPost-print
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