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.

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

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By Dr David Nabarro One hundred days ago on 2 March, 90 percent of the 88.9k reported cases of the n...

SPOTLIGHT ON ONE HEALTH BY JIMMY SMITH

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ONE HEALTH: TAKING A HORIZONTAL APPROACH TO TACKLING PANDEMICS By Jimmy Smith, Director General, Int...

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.

5 May 2020, COVID-19 Narratives – SPOTLIGHT ON SYSTEMS WITH PROFESSOR CORINNA HAWKES

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I am really delighted to host this guest blog in our narratives from Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London. In it, Corinna explores a theme that I find powerful: that health is an outcome of multiple systems and interacting processes. Leaders need to appreciate the value of seeing the global challenges that COVID-19 presents in terms of multiple interconnected systems, all inter-dependent. Seeing the world in this way is a critical element of our thinking at 4SD. I hope you get as much from Corinna’s blog as I did.” – Dr David Nabarro.

Assessing national performance in response to COVID-19

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By Dale Fisher, Yik Ying Teo, David Nabarro This is an extract of a Lancet Comment article which was...

Three steps for leaders to tackle COVID and climate emergency

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Dr David Nabarro is Special Envoy to the World Health Organisation on COVID-19 and Strategic Direct...

Dealing with covid-19 means looking beyond immediate crisis response

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We anticipate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting disease covid-19 will remain an ever-pres...

The state of the Pandemic: where the virus is, what impact it has, and how that can be tackled

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The state of the Pandemic: where the virus is, what impact it has, and how that can be tackled By Dr...

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

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By Dr David Nabarro One hundred days ago on 2 March, 90 percent of the 88.9k reported cases of the n...

SPOTLIGHT ON ONE HEALTH BY JIMMY SMITH

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ONE HEALTH: TAKING A HORIZONTAL APPROACH TO TACKLING PANDEMICS By Jimmy Smith, Director General, Int...
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