Gauging Cameroon’s resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic: implications for enduring a novel health crisis

Authors: Bang, H.N., Mbah, M.F., Ndi, H.N. and Ndzo, J.A.

Journal: Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy

ISSN: 1750-6166

DOI: 10.1108/TG-08-2020-0196

Abstract:

Purpose: This paper aims to examine Cameroon’s health service resilience in the first five months (March–July 2020) of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The motive is to diagnose sub-optimal performance in sustaining health-care services during the pandemic to identify areas for improvement and draw lessons for the future. Design/methodology/approach: This is principally qualitative, exploratory, analytical and descriptive research that involves the collation of empirical, primary and secondary data. A conceptual framework [health systems resilience for emerging infectious diseases (HSREID)] provides structure to the study and an anchor for interpreting the findings. The research validity has been established by analysing the aims/objectives from multiple perspectives in the research tradition of triangulation. Findings: Cameroon has exerted much effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, several constraints and gaps exist. The findings reveal limitations in Cameroon’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the provision of fundamental health-care services under contextual themes of health infrastructure/medical supplies, human capital, communication/sensitisation/health education, governance and trust/confidence. Analysis of the identified impediments demonstrates that Cameroon’s health-care system is not resilient enough to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and provides several insights for an enhanced response as the pandemic accelerates in the country. Originality/value: This is one of the first scholarly articles to examine how Cameroon’s health-care system is faring in COVID-19 combat. Underscored by the novel HSREID model, this study provides initial insights into Cameroon’s resilience to COVID-19 with a view to enhancing the health system’s response as the pandemic unfolds and strengthens readiness for subsequent health crises.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/34626/

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Gauging Cameroon's resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic: implications for enduring a novel health crisis

Authors: Bang, H.N., Mbah, M.F., Ndi, H.N. and Ndzo, J.A.

Journal: TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT- PEOPLE PROCESS AND POLICY

eISSN: 1750-6174

ISSN: 1750-6166

DOI: 10.1108/TG-08-2020-0196

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/34626/

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Gauging Cameroon's Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Enduring a Novel Health Crisis

Authors: Bang, H., Mbah, M., Ndi, H. and Ndzo, J.

Journal: Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy

Publisher: Emerald

ISSN: 1750-6166

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/34626/

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