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 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.

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.

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