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.

SPOTLIGHT: Business leadership for social and economic continuity in the new COVID reality

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An opinion piece by Dr David Nabarro in his role of Special Envoy to the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID-19 and Founder and Principal of 4SD, and Peter Bakker representing the global business leadership voice as WBCSD’s President and CEO.

28 April 2020, COVID-19 Narratives

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“There is an enormous amount of learning underway but it may take months to resolve some of the unknowns about the pattern of spread and effectiveness of alternative suppression strategies. And we should not assume that the virus will go on behaving as it does now.” – Dr David Nabarro

21 April 2020, COVID-19 Narrative Twenty

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Narrative Twenty stresses that now is the time to prepare for COVID-ready workplaces – workplaces will be ahead if they are already consider how to adapt and recognise issues like physical distancing and managing leave for those who feel ill.

20 April 2020, COVID-19 Narrative Nineteen

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My emphasis in this message is for the need for all communities quickly to become alert and ready for COVID. This is because the virus is going to remain in our midst for the foreseeable future. I do not think it will disappear any time soon. – Dr David Nabarro

10 April 2020, COVID-19 Narrative Eighteen

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Narrative Eighteen dives further into “COVID-readiness” by looking at key aspects of the economy including the need to protect the lowest-paid people, valuing and rewarding women especially for the roles they play in essential health care, food systems and social care and the deployment of bold measures to lessen the economic and social impact of the restrictions on activities and movement.

COVID-19 Narrative Seventeen

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Narrative Seventeen poses seven potential questions to help understand the sequence needed to ease away from a lockdown. Decision-makers will be considering multiple factors when deciding how best to do this.

COVID-19 Narrative Sixteen

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Narrative Sixteen considers the fundamental challenges of a new normal, the leadership required (that leaves no-one behind) and the need to establish a Pandemic Emergency Coordination Council now.

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.

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.
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