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Internally displaced persons and COVID-19: a wake-up call for and African solutions to African problems – the case of Zimbabwe

Madziva, Roda; Thondhlana, Juliet; Chiyevo Garwe, Evelyn; Murandu, Moses; Chagwiza, Godfrey; Chikanza, Marck; Maradzika, Julita

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Authors

JULIET THONDHLANA juliet.thondhlana@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of International Education and Development

Evelyn Chiyevo Garwe

Moses Murandu

Godfrey Chagwiza

Marck Chikanza

Julita Maradzika



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 25, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Deposit Date Mar 29, 2021
Publicly Available Date Apr 12, 2021
Journal Journal of the British Academy
Electronic ISSN 2052-7217
Publisher British Academy
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue s1
Pages 285-302
DOI https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/009s1.285
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/5422295
Publisher URL https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publishing/journal-british-academy/9s1/internally-displaced-persons-and-covid-19-a-wake-up-call-for-and-african-solutions-to-african-problems-the-case-of-zimbabwe/

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