Novel coronavirus (124) When COVID-19 Comes to Africa, by Arkebe Oqubay

14 March, 2020

Dear all,

Worth reflecting today, in this first day of declared national emergency in the USA, how we have not protected the most vulnerable wherever they are, just by not taking actions as soon as possible in places where we could have implemented better prevention.

I came across the article by Arkebe Oqubay, a senior minister and special adviser to the prime minister of Ethiopia, who is a distinguished fellow at the Overseas Development Institute. He has been at the center of policymaking in Ethiopia for over 25 years and is a former mayor of its capital, Addis Ababa. Hos most recently publications are African Economic Development: Evidence, Theory, Policy and The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Hubs and Economic Development.

“There is no telling how long it will take to bring the COVID-19 coronavirus under control, or how many people will be affected. But African governments, in cooperation with communities and international actors, can take steps now to limit the damage - and lay the foundations for a healthier, more resilient future”.

The public health policies of one country are definitely influencing the outcomes of the health and wellbeing of citizens in the rest of the interconnected world. We need to dive deeper into this question and make more contributions to justify better how it relates to global health policies too.

Tatjana Kobb, MD

Adjunct Professor

MS Global Studies & International Relations

Northeastern University | College of Professional Studies

T:+1 617 586 5697



HIFA profile: Tatjana Kobb Tatjana Kobb is a Medical Doctor and founder of Boston Sustainability Advising. She has worked on developing strategic programs for international organizations, national services providers and universities from UNICEF and WHO to Qatar Petroleum and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. In the past decades she has mastered stakeholder engagement and relationship management toward building strategic partnerships to ensure each organization’s mission can be realized to ensure the best interest of the served community. She is passionate about leading and enabling delivery of best services and products in line with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and implementation of the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact. Working on reaching the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by stakeholder engagement and performance improvement of governments and organizations she has a role in mentoring and supporting executives, as well as youth leaders in their career transition and development is in addition to her PhD work at the IEDC Bled School of Management and the GRI G4 reporting she conducts. She is a HIFA Country Representative and member of the HIFA working group on Information for Citizens, Parents and Children and the HIFA working group on Mobile Healthcare Information for All.