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 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.

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.

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.

For 7 weeks I have been through a roller coaster of ill health, extreme emotions, and utter exhaustion – 4SD

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Paul Garner, professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, discusses hi...

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.

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.