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.

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.

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