Use of Indigenous informed epistemologies can inform intervention models to fight COVID-19 in Africa

Dune, Tinashe, Gesesew, Hailay Abrha, Hiruy, Kiros, Udah, Hyacinth, Lee, Vanessa, Kwedza, Ruyamuro, and Mwanri, Lillian (2020) Use of Indigenous informed epistemologies can inform intervention models to fight COVID-19 in Africa. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 24 (2). pp. 46-48.

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has put the world in unprecedented health and economic crisis threatening human existence and livelihoods. The pandemic has brought the world to a standstill and, has infected over 15 million and killed over 620 thousand people globally1. The socioeconomic impact of the pandemic is also expected to be higher. Reports indicate that in the USA alone, over 38 million people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Reports from Europe and other parts of the world also depict a grim picture. The pandemic has affected other regions such as Australasia where significant loss of jobs and livelihoods, and changes in societal resilience manifesting in increased mental health problems and domestic violence were reported. Whilst the pandemic does not seem to discriminate, there is evidence that people of African descent are disproportionately affected in the USA. Recent data indicate that African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of White people2. Professor David Williams of Harvard School of Public Health relates the disparities to the apparent social disadvantage of African Americans in the country saying, ―What we've known for a long time, Black people in the United States and other people of colour have a chronic disease at younger ages and are more likely to have more than one condition.

Item ID: 64968
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2141-3606
Keywords: Indigenous Informed Epistemologies, Intervention, COVID-19, Africa
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020, Women's Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC):All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2021 00:07
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 100%
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