Useful Resources

Dala Kitchen: More than a cookbook
Whyle E, van Ryneveld M, Brady L (eds): Cape Town Together (CAN), South Africa

Dala Kitchen (More Than A Cookbook) is a celebration of the work of Cape Town Together. During 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of people came together to support one another in a range of creative and radically generous ways. Through a series of recipes, how-to's, articles and stories Dala Kitchen tells the story of Cape Town Together, the CANs that comprise it, and the people that are at the heart of the network. Together, these stories capture a moment in time and demonstrate that, in the words of Arundhati Roy "[a]nother world is not only possible, she is on her way.". The version on this website is a low resolution version- a higher resolution copy will replace this shortly.

Health Equity Assessment Toolkit
World Health Organisation: WHO, Geneva, 2021

The Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT) is a software application that facilitates the assessment of within-country health inequalities. It was developed for use on desktop or laptop computers and mobile devices and has a Health Equity Monitor database and a version that allows users to upload and work with their own database. The application allows users to explore current or time trends in inequality in a setting of interest, such as a country, province or district; and compare inequality between settings. Inequalities are visualized in a variety of interactive graphs, maps and tables.

Corona Diaries: Open source audio stories from around the world
Nieman Foundation for Journalism: USA, 2020

Corona Diaries is an open platform allowing people around the world to voice their experiences during the pandemic. It’s a place for stories big and small, joyful or sad, one off contributions or daily audio blogs. Every story is welcome. Initiated by former fellows of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the platform is intended for journalists, artists and creators of all types to then use to make into any media they choose under the Creative Commons licence. It is an open database of recordings forever growing and always accessible.

Covid-19 Vaccine Equity Tracker
Pandem-ic: Online, 2021

This site tracks the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of the country income classification. It tracks vaccine distribution relative to global needs and the coverage of total and priority populations, dividing countries into high-income; upper middle-income; lower middle-income and low income The site is refreshed daily.

SCORE global report on health data systems and capacity, 2020
World Health Organization: WHO, Geneva, 2021

The World Health Organization provides the first global assessment of country data and health information systems capacities in terms of five 'SCORE' aspects: Survey, Count, Optimize, Review and Enable. The report addresses gaps and inequalities in health information systems and provides recommendations for investment in areas that will have the greatest impact on the quality, availability, analysis, accessibility and use of data. There is a link to the SCORE Online Data Portal and an accompanying Visual Summary of country-level SCORE assessments.

Archive of Forgetfulness: Conversations with Neighbours
Tayob H; Kona B: Archive of Forgetfulness, South Africa, November 2020

Archive of Forgetfulness presents a podcast series: Conversations with Neighbours. The conversations explore, among other themes, art in times of crisis, questions around memory and archival absences, and the possibilities and limitations of translation. You will hear from artists, musicians, curators, researchers and theatre-makers in Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Sudan. The conversations interrogate ways of narrating movement across borders, suggesting a re-mapping of relations across the continent, north and south, east and west, home and away.

Basic Epidemiological Concepts - 2020 (2nd cohort)
Pan American Health Organisation: PAHO, 2020

This Skills Online Program aims to help public health practitioners develop and strengthen their knowledge and skills in order to make better-informed public health decisions. The EPI1: Basic Epidemiological Concepts module is the first in a set of three modules on epidemiology in public health and is the only one currently being offered through PAHO's Virtual Campus for Public Health. The module provides an introduction to some key epidemiologic concepts, allowing participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology, and build skills in applying basic epidemiological principles to their work as public health practitioners.

Imagining Impacts – The Goethe-Institut in Africa
African Centre for Cities, October 2020

The African Centre for Cities and the Goethe-Institut are collaborating on a project entitled Imagining Impacts that explores the role of culture on the continent through a range of regionally focused, and locally specific projects related to 1) decolonisation and just transitions in Africa; 2) solidarity, support and social cohesion; 3) spaces for daring and dissent; and 4) power and agency. The project will provide events and activities in 2021 where these issues can be thought through collectively.

Coronavirus: Ten African innovations to help tackle Covid-19
BBC, August 2020

As Africa passes more than a million confirmed Covid-19 cases, innovators on the continent have responded to the challenges of the pandemic with a wide range of creative inventions. These innovations include the ‘Doctor Car’ designed by students from the Dakar Polytechnic School. This multifunctional robot is designed to lower the risk of Covid-19 contamination from patients to caregivers. The device is equipped with cameras and is remotely controlled via an app. The designers say it can move around the rooms of quarantined patients to take their temperatures and deliver drugs and food. Nine-year-old Kenyan schoolboy Stephen Wamukota invented a wooden hand-washing machine to help curb the spread of coronavirus. The machine allows users to tip a bucket of water to wash their hands by using a foot pedal. This helps users avoid touching surfaces to reduce the risk of infection. Other innovations include portable ventilators designed in Nigeria, 3d printed masks in South Africa, solar powered hand sinks from Ghana, and online platforms for x-rays from Tunisia.

The COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa
Fund oversight committee, 2020

The COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa is an action-oriented collaborative of over 30 organizations dedicated to protecting Community Health Workers (CHWs) on the frontlines of Africa’s COVID-19 response. The Fund’s goal is to raise up to $100 million to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to CHWs in as many as 24 African countries for approximately one year; shipments have already begun. The Fund matches donated PPE with government-identified gaps and conducts end-use verification processes with in-country partners to document arrival and distribution of the supplies. Integrated with national responses, this is the only known effort that pools resources for PPE items specifically for community health workers in Africa