COVID-19 Narratives
by Dr David Nabarro

On 21 February 2020, Dr David Nabarro, Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and Strategic Director of 4SD, was appointed as one of six Special Envoys to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on COVID-19. In this role, David provides strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world to help WHO coordinate the global response to the pandemic.

The following Narratives are being written by David and peers to share with those who want more information about the situation and to help raise the awareness and readiness of all actors.

COVID-19 Narratives
by Dr David Nabarro

On 21 February 2020, Dr David Nabarro, Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and Strategic Director of 4SD, was appointed as one of six Special Envoys to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on COVID-19. In this role, David provides strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world to help WHO coordinate the global response to the pandemic.

The following Narratives are being written by David and peers to share with those who want more information about the situation and to help raise the awareness and readiness of all actors.

COVID-19 Narrative Fifteen

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Narrative Fifteen delves into what reaching a COVID-19 ready state means and the challenges that are inherent in doing so.

COVID-19 Narrative Fourteen

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Narrative Fourteen analyses the introduction of lockdowns in areas where transmission is occurring. A lockdown means restrictions on movement and association, with priority given to essential services like food and healthcare whilst dramatically reducing the nature and number of person-to-person interactions.

COVID-19 Narrative Thirteen

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Narrative Thirteen details three important elements needed for a collective response – Public Health, Fiscal, and Community Resilience – and recognises the role of women’s leadership in the response.

COVID-19 Narrative Twelve

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Narrative Twelve dives into the reality of struggles faced by local authorities in a small french village where decisions are made and evolve quickly, whilst citizens search for immediate reasons and answers.

COVID-19 Narrative Eleven

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Narrative Eleven takes a step back from the emergency as a threat to our health and considers the economic shocks, impact on businesses, poverty and social consequences of the crisis. It concludes with a useful approach for policymakers to tackle such a complex problem.

COVID-19 Narrative Ten

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Narrative Ten takes a sincere look at the position leaders’ are in – their decisions are changing by the day, not necessarily because they are making mistakes, but simply because the situation is rapidly evolving.

COVID-19 Narrative Nine

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Narrative Nine builds on Narrative Three by detailing how big business, small business and the self-employed are affected, ways to contribute to the response, and most importantly, the need to act quickly and decisively.

Narrative Eight

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It will take the world much longer to suppress this pandemic if nations continue to work independently and are inconsistent in their application of WHO guidance” – This narrative collates Dr David Nabarro’s thoughts as G20 leaders prepare for the “Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit” early this week.

COVID-19 Narrative Seven

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As countries all around the world enter the most restrictive peacetime measures they may have experienced, people everywhere will experience a range of moods and emotions that will impact on their lives. The overall message for now is: ‘Be Fast, No Blame, No Regrets’.

Narrative six: solidarity responses

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Narrative Six is a call for Solidarity responses to COVID-19 outbreaks. We must unleash local capacity, activate networks, coordinate efforts and use WHO guidance.

Narrative five: rapid, robust and resolute responses

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Narrative Five highlights the urgent need for rapid coordinated effort with multiple actions simultaneously and continuous learning.

Narrative four: the power of people-centred systems leadership

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Narrative Four focuses on the power of people-centred systems leadership to end the COVID-19 pandemic including the need for resolute action by all and systems leadership.

Narrative Three: Business is a Player, Not a Spectator

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Narrative Three discusses the important role of business and the contribution that business leaders can make. All sectors – businesses, civil society and government – have vital roles to play in keeping life going despite the virus.

Narrative Two: Readiness Planning for the Integrated Management of Covid-19

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Narrative Two details readiness planning and the key components of integrated management: engagement of people, organization of public health services, planning provision of clinical care, and preventing societal disruption.

Narrative One: Government Leadership with the Inclusive Involvement of Everyone

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Narrative One provides insights into China’s effort, the importance of readiness, key public health functions and the urgency for systems leadership to be established so a massive synchronized multi-actor effort can be mobilised.

THE LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP WE NEED TO OVERCOME COVID-19, WITH EQUITY

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SPOTLIGHT ON ONE HEALTH BY JIMMY SMITH

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COMPLEXITY AND FRAGILITY: REALISING THE SDGS IN THE FACE OF COVID-19

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In the face of uncertainty, complexity means fragility. Because uncertainty cannot be controlled, the only option we have is to manage complexity.

20 May 2020, A LETTER TO MY DARLING SON” BY DR DAVID LUU

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20 May 2020: My Darling Son, When you were born, I never could have imagined that five years later we would be living such a historical and unprecedented crisis like COVID-19. As I watch you play alone in our living room, distanced from your friends and family, (other than your mother and I), I feel the need to write to you this letter so that, as you grow, you remember these seven universal laws that will help you live a happy, healthy and peaceful life.

19 May 2020, In the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic, We Are Only as Strong as the Weakest of Us

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A Narrative by Dr David Nabarro and Joe Colombano, originally published by the Inter Press Service News Agency. When the COVID-19 virus travelled from Wuhan, China halfway across the world through Europe, the Americas and beyond in the space of a few weeks, it gave us proof, if one was ever needed, of how tightly interconnected we all are. Not only are our globalized economies interdepended, but also we ourselves are one with the environment around us, and with one another…

18 May 2020, COVID-19 Narratives

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Across the world, the nations that are getting ahead of the virus know that economies and societies can thrive if they implement comprehensive action to keep it at bay. Yet, not all the nations represented at the Assembly are implementing the COVID-19 containment policies that have been continuously advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO) since late January 2020.“ – Dr David Nabarro

13 May 2020, COVID-19 Narratives

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These ten learning points come at a time when many complex decisions are being made by leaders at global, national and community level. Each decision hmust balance social and economic consequences whilst putting public health first.

4SD COVID-READY PHOTO CHALLENGE

We want to capture as many perspectives as possible for our pandemic response communications and your community photos and videos could be featured in our next COVID-Ready reel!

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