Coronavirus (181) WHO-WONCA Africa-AfroPHC Webinar Series on COVID-19 (2)

22 March, 2020

Dear colleagues in HIFA

WHO, WONCA Africa and AfroPHC are having a joint weekly webinar to get an update on the COVID-19 situation, explore preparedness in African primary health care and to respond to questions. This will be at 1 PM Central European Time on Fridays. The first webinar was on Friday, 20th March. The next will be this Friday where the focus will be on South Africa. We want to plan the weeks going forward.

We want a robust format for 90 min. We were thinking of having a focus on different regions/countries in Africa (based on confirmed cases) as well as different issues in responding to COVID-19. We would allow extra time for Q&A that will include WHO responding.

We are open to suggestions on the region/country speakers (including linking us up to them) as well as key issues (and linking us up with experts in that field). Whilst we want people at policy level to speak we also want to also share weekly the experiences of people on the ground in primary health care of preparations for COVID-19 in Africa. Share your details or link us up to them.

I am working with Joy Mugambi and Innocent Besigye from WONCA Africa. Please provide us details so that we can use the webinars to respond effectively to COVID-19 in Africa.

Have a look at resources available at

Regards, Shabir

Prof S. Moosa (

HIFA Profile: Shabir Moosa is an Associate Professor and Family Physician in the Department of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, Johannesburg Health District and University of Witwatersrand. Visit website and email shabir AT