Looking beyond COVID: Turning emergency response into sustainable impact

Over the last two years, the pandemic has dominated the global health sector. For many governments in sub-Saharan Africa an influx of donor funding and NGO support has been critical to their COVID response, but what happens when emergency funding and short-term projects end?
Achieving health care for all requires thinking about the future while responding to the present. It requires taking lessons from the past and working collectively to make sustainable progress. However, addressing immediate needs while facing forward is not easy. During this panel discussion, speakers shared examples of COVID programs implemented with a sustainability lens. Examples included government-run mobile vaccine units in Côte d’Ivoire, and operationalizing district teams to address emergency needs while building health system capacity in Uganda.