Building back from the ground up: The vital role of communities
Doherty, Tanya M.
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Globally the COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised health systems and communities. Governments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) followed the approaches adopted by the Global North and advocated by international bodies such as the WHO, and instituted varying degrees of nationwide stay at home orders (lockdowns) from strict restrictions (such as in South Africa, India and Zimbabwe) to weakly enforced lockdown as in Brazil.1 Many have questioned the appropriateness of these measures in LMIC contexts2 where key preventive behaviours such as social distancing and frequent hand washing are impossible to implement in densely populated informal housing settlements.