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Business & Profession COVID-19, Health Economics and Policy

Charity Versus COVID-19

My personal and professional life in Nigeria has changed drastically since COVID-19 became a part of it. As with other African countries, the threat raised the spectre of massively overwhelmed health systems, huge morbidity and mortality rates, leading to panic and major social upheaval. As people in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, and the capital, Abuja, began getting ill with COVID-19 and as community transmission became evident, steps had to be taken to minimize the scale and impact of the coming tide. The government-enforced lockdown began in March and I, like millions of people in Nigeria and all over the world, have since been working from home. I also had the personal challenge of quickly gathering my family together (scattered over four cities in three states at the time), in addition to preparing for the lockdown, and getting various projects ready for suspension of activities. Since then, I have been helping to manage the impact of the pandemic on Sightsavers’ eye health programs.

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Kola Ogundimu

Senior Global Technical Lead at Sightsavers, based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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