As the cases of the coronavirus disease or covid-19 continue to swell across the world, the Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) has been called upon by two international bodies to share his professional expertise.
In one of the invitations, Dr. Mosoka Fallah is being invited by the political leaders of North America and the Caribbean to provide advice on ‘contact tracing strategy for coronavirus’ in their regions (Latin America and the Caribbean) at a high-level expert advisory session on July 17.
“At the request of political leaders from Argentina, Ceará-Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Peru, the GovLab is convening a high-level expert advisory session to advise them on the development of their contact tracing strategies,” the communication read.
“This session will take place Friday, July 17, 10am-12pm Eastern Time (EDT) with the explicit goal of sharing concrete and specific solutions to the contact tracing challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean. No prior knowledge of the region is required as these leaders are looking to benefit from the experience of global experts. The event is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank,” the Latin America and Caribbean leaders noted in their invitation.
The communication furthered that the advisory session will specifically focus on helping these countries and states identify and implement concrete strategies for contact identification, contact listing and contact follow-up.
Accordingly, the session is the second in a series of six global online advisory discussions with diverse, international experts and innovators designed to identify innovative and practical ideas, tools, and strategies to support public leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean in the fight against Covid-19.
Actionable ideas emerging from the discussion will be rapidly developed into implementation plans that will be shared with these and other partner government institutions to implement. Thus, we very much hope you can join us to lend your expertise to leaders in the region.
In a related development, the African Union (AU) has also invited Dr. Fallah to join the Africa COVID-19 Testing Alliance under the continent-wide strategy, the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT): Trace, Test and Track.
“As part of the launching phase, and based on your expertise leading the National Public Health Institute of Liberia’s response to COVID19, we would like to extend you an invitation to join the Alliance and co-create with us a working plan to curb the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa by catalyzing private-public partnerships. We are currently holding weekly calls every Monday at 12 PM ET / 6 PM CAT,” the AU communication among other things added.