The effectiveness of vaccination as a public health strategy will continue to be compromised while large numbers of the global community remain unvaccinated.
When the UK’s red list is considered at a more granular level, the difficulties become immediately apparent.
The core of the objections, whether they are about vaccinations, lockdowns, social distancing, or mask wearing, seems to concern an apparent erosion of personal liberty.
Due to early logistical planning, Rwanda had the capacity to store 5 million doses before the vaccines arrived.
A safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be developed in record time and may be approved for production, distribution and acceptance some time in 2021.
The most sustainable and cost-effective solution for protecting patients’ lives is to reduce the causes of human error. Health professionals must be adequately trained to reduce adverse outcomes.
With the dawn of colonialism, nursing and midwifery were formally established and, in many colonies, recognised as the first modern clinical profession on the African continent.
Removing social medicine from the education of medical students would be to their detriment - as well as their future patients.
To contain COVID-19, African countries cannot rely just on doctors and nurses, who are already in short supply and at high risk of infection in the workplace.
The interdependency between humans, animals and the environment is becoming more pronounced. This calls for an interdisciplinary approach to health problems.
Rwanda has developed a strong, decentralised health system and addressed many of the major financial and geographic barriers people faced.
Rwanda’s government has taken concerted, deliberate steps over the past 25 years to build a strong health system.
Many health professionals leave Africa because they don’t know how to handle the non-clinical systemic problems.
Rwanda’s vaccination programme for girls against HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease was a huge success, thanks to implementation science.