Conflict, community, and COVID-19: response and implications in Ethiopia

Authors

  • Martin Plymoth Westmead hospital, Sydney https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2036-0383
  • Yidnekachew G. Mogessie St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD
  • Israa Mohammed London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8582-345X
  • Dawit Mengesha Faculty of Medicine, Saint Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2075-7524
  • Mandy Wang Department of Women's and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital, New South Wales, Sydney https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6509-6926
  • Shuaibu Saidu Musa Department of Nursing Science, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0138-3261
  • Bezawit Kassahun Bekele Addis Ababa University https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2926-235X
  • Heaven Yeshaneh Tatere Addis Ababa University
  • Mohamed Babiker Musa Faculty of Pharmacy, Omdurman Islamic University, Khartoum https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7321-8807
  • Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno, III Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK; Development Studies, University of the Philippines (Open University), Los Baños, Laguna

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2022.1957

Keywords:

Ethiopia, Tigray, Malnutrition, Community, COVID-19, Conflict, healthcare, system

Abstract

Community transmission of COVID-19 is currently on the rise in Ethiopia, while availability of diagnostic and treatment services remains limited. Impaired access to essential services is affected by the pandemic’s strain on the health system, and as a consequence of the country’s public health response. The ongoing conflict in the Tigray Region provides another obstacle to accessing and providing care for the local population; and has displaced large numbers of people both within and outside the country. In this commentary we discuss the impact of the conflict on essential services and argue that a coordinated holistic response is essential to mitigate both short and long-term consequences of the conflict, including increased COVID-19 transmission, acute malnutrition, disruption of education services, displacement of people, and food insecurities. We highlight the important role of community engagement in prevention and early detection of these challenges, and the need for comprehensive interventions in the region.

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Author Biography

Mandy Wang, Department of Women's and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital, New South Wales, Sydney

 

 

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Published

21-09-2022

How to Cite

Plymoth, M., Mogessie, Y. G., Mohammed, I., Mengesha, D., Wang, M., Musa, S. S., Bekele, B. K., Tatere, H. Y., Musa, M. B., & Lucero-Prisno, III, D. E. (2022). Conflict, community, and COVID-19: response and implications in Ethiopia. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 13(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2022.1957

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