COVID-19 Death Transfer

In our globalised world, there is no such thing as isolation. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, many countries implemented lockdowns in an attempt to contain the virus. While lockdowns are effective at reducing disease transmission, it comes at a cost.

Our research shows that lockdowns in OECD countries have widespread impacts for the health and economics of countries in Africa. As economic growth slowed in high-income countries due to the pandemic, the economies of low-income countries stalled as well. These severe economic downturns have led to increase morbidity and mortality in low-income countries.

This so-called “death transfer” illustrates the complexity that health interventions present in our interconnected world. The solutions to these problems are more complicated still, but UHF is uniquely situated to provide expertise and guidance on how we can create a more equitable world.

Presentation: How Lockdowns in the OECD Lead to Deaths in Africa