By: Obinna Onwujekwe and Chinyere Okeke
This presentation explores and compares responses in the two anglophone countries that together make up almost half the population of West Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. Drawing on desk reviews including media reports and policy documents as well as key informant interviews with key national and sub-national health sector decision-makers and implementers in the Covid 19 response timelines of interventions at central and local government level to address the pandemic, and observations as to how and why these interventions worked (or not), intended and unintended effects are presented. A qualitative exploration of whether the timelines of the waves from the epidemiological analysis and of the interventions show any similar patterns or not. Lessons from the analysis for the ongoing management of the present epidemic and any future pandemics are explored.