COVID-19 coordination and response in the African context webinar held by Western Cape PDMC
A webinar, COVID-19 coordination and response in the African context, was held by the Western Cape Department of Local Government, hosted by the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre, on Wednesday, 26 August 2020. Facilitated by Colin Deiner, head of the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre and co-facilitated by Jacqueline Pandaram, director Disaster Operations, the webinar brought together a number of International and African countries with the focus on benchmarking key lessons learnt and to foster future collaboration.
Head of Department Local Government for the Western Cape, Graham Paulse, welcomed all attendees followed by the address by the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde. South Africa’s National Disaster Management Centre’s chief director: Policy and Compliance (NDMC), Ané Bruwer, shared South Africa’s timeline, institutional arrangements, risk-adjusted strategies, coordination and responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic. “Vigilance and collaboration between all spheres of government and citizens is essential to not only remedy the effects of the pandemic but to ensure there is no resurgence of infections”, said Bruwer.
This was followed by the address by the minister for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Developmental Planning for the Western Cape, Minister A Bredell.
A presentation by World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Dr Ngoy Nsenga, team leader for WHO in Eastern and Southern Africa, provided insight, timelines, statistics, trends, response strategies, lessons learned and the way forward on WHO’s response to the pandemic. “The statistics are doubling every 17 days”, said Dr Nsenga. He added, “A paradigm shift from hazard-based to risk-based planning is crucial.”
This was followed by a presentation by Lt Col F Fabian, coordination manager for Disaster Management in Madagascar, who detailed the strategies, statistics, coordination, response, best practices, challenges and lessons learned in Madagascar. “Inter-country regional collaboration needs to be fostered and re-enforced”, said Lt Col Fabian.
Chief relief and rehabilitation officer for the Disaster Management Affairs in Malawi Mr Fya Mwafongo, shared the, current situational update, their coordination structure, challenges, successes and recommendations in Malawi. “We declared a disaster prior to a positive case in Malawi to prevent the spread” said Mwafongo. He added, “A unified communication strategy on COVID-19 is essential to ensure quality control on information shared with the public, thereby increasing compliance”.
A detailed review of the webinar will be published in the next edition of the Disaster Management Journal.
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