In this paper we engage with the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing in two informal settlements in Zimbabwe, within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We draw on an ongoing collaborative, interdisciplinary and impact-oriented project that seeks to help IDPs to be more prepared to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic. We start by providing an analysis of the existing COVID-19 preventative messages and their applicability to the IDPs situation, and further argue for the need to adopt Transformative Public Health Education (TPHE), to allow co-creation and co-production with IDPs in order to produce messages and interventions that suit their lived realities. We then move on to show the importance of leveraging local low cost COVID-19 solutions, drawing on the example of the innovations that the project adapted in order to meet the needs of the IDPs residing in the two informal settlements.
Madziva, R., Thondhlana, J., Chiyevo Garwe, E., Murandu, M., Chagwiza, G., Chikanza, M., & Maradzika, J. (2021). Internally displaced persons and COVID-19: a wake-up call for and African solutions to African problems – the case of Zimbabwe. Journal of the British Academy, 9(s1), 285-302. https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/009s1.285