Dr Fifa Rahman presented on behalf of ACT-A NGO representatives and Peter Ngola O’witi presented on behalf of ACT-A Community Representatives.

There is a need to assess the long-term effects of COVID-19 on patient health and recovery at the sub-national level, particularly in communities with the aim of informing the development of care pathways to help individuals recover as fully as possible after having experienced COVID-19. People with Long COVID have disease symptoms that persist for weeks or months after acute COVID-19 infection. It remains difficult to measure precisely; underscoring the need for community-based research to ascertain the prevalence and impact of the condition

– Peter Ngola O’witi

We end our final Facilitation Council intervention with two requests. The pandemic and resulting inequities has set us on a path where sustainable regional manufacturing is key and the leadership of Africa CDC, the South African government, the WHO, and others have been essential in this process. But ultimately, we need to see a new TRIPS order and more technology transfer. Secondly, we think the underemphasis on Long COVID in this transition is very stark. We would like to see in the coming months, our very first Long COVID technical meeting and hope that the Hub can facilitate this. 

– Dr Fifa Rahman

As part of the transition plan, the ACT-A Facilitation Council meeting will go into a ‘stand-by’ mode following this meeting and will be reconvened as a full group only if needed. The ACT-Accelerator Tracking & Monitoring Task Force will continue key elements of the work of the Council, and its Tracking and Accelerating Progress Working Group and Financial and Resource Mobilization Working Group.

Dr Fifa Rahman’s prepared remarks can be found here:

Peter Ngo’la Owiti’s prepared remarks can be found here: