COVID-19: Medical Equipment & Food Supplies   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Shortages of medical equipment worldwide and procurement delays are further complicated by border closures and transport disruptions. Ventilators and treatment are also unlikely to be available or sufficient for some time, emphasising the importance of lower-intensity technological solutions in developing contexts. Governments need to quickly assess, prioritise and articulate needs to development partners and private suppliers, forecasting demand based on modelling and affordability. Priority should be given to prevention - protective equipment, thermometers, and dedicated medical facilities - and ensuring the safety and adequate training of health-care workers. In the short to medium term, there may also be opportunities to support the manufacturing of PPE [personal protective equipment] and equipment locally. Countries worldwide are restricting the movement of people and goods and imposing food bans, threatening global trade, commodity prices, and food availability. This is particularly important for Africa given its current levels of food imports, domestic production, and export revenues. Governments need to quickly assess food needs and availability, ensure that supply chains remain open, and identify mitigation actions for vulnerable populations. Planting and expanded cultivation should also be accelerated for the coming planting season (March to May) and plans made for storage. While addressing national food security and domestic production, countries should continue to leverage private sector investment and regional economic cooperation."

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