Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Dennis Mazingi (cohort 2020-2021) is co-author of this article that describes the different trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic was in Zimbabwe compared to predictions and even sophisticated modelling studies.

Map of Zimbabwe © Google maps
Map of Zimbabwe

This article was written by a small group of clinical and non-clinical health care workers and researchers from Zimbabwe who have been involved in the pandemic in various ways in our country.

They noticed how different the trajectory of the pandemic was in their country compared to predictions and even sophisticated modelling studies. They thought that a description of what actually happened was necessary and timely.

They narrate the sequence of events as well as corrective measures put in place by the government. It adds to the interesting discourse that is currently underway about the divergence between predicted scenarios and the eventual reality, the reasons why predictions were so pessimistic and why Africa in general and Zimbabwe, in particular, appears to have bucked the trend.

It may inform how we think about the risks of infectious disease pandemics in the future and also what our responses to them should be. Time will tell whether the indirect consequences of the pandemic and our response to it had a more profound effect than the virus itself. 

Read the full article: A descriptive study of the trends of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe from March - June 2020: policy and strategy implications

Similar stories

Prioritising ‘already-scarce’ intensive care unit resources in the midst of COVID-19: a call for regional triage committees in South Africa

MSc IHTM News

Our alumna Reshania Naidoo (cohort 2019-2020) led an article in BMC Medical Ethics journal on the need for triage committees during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

Reflection on the international women's day (cohort 2020-21)

MSc IHTM News

MaryJane Nweje's women's day piece (cohort 2020-21)

Healthy Learners partners with Zambian school health workers to disseminate accurate health information

MSc IHTM News

Healthy Learners, a NGO founded by Lonnie Hackett (cohort 2017-18) helps Zambian government to shape education policies and guidelines for COVID-19.

Indonesia’s decision to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination to citizens aged 18-59 years old questionable

MSc IHTM News

Kartika Saraswati (cohort 2015-16) contributes to an article on Indonesia’s decision to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination to citizens aged 18-59 years old.

Living mapping review for COVID-19 funded research projects

MSc IHTM News

Our alumni Emilia Antonio and Nicole Advani (cohort 2019-2020) co-authored this living review focused on providing an updated overview of COVID-19 funded research projects . It aims to provide in-depth analysis of the breadth of funding, remaining gaps, opportunities, and trends.