The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has demonstrated the urgency to reconsider social behavior and the health system quality to efficiently support and improve global health. Diverse global and country-specific mechanisms to fight COVID-19 have been displyed, but the gendered analysis of these efforts still remain too little too late. A critical consideration of the brunt of health and socioeconomic crises through gender lenses can improve understanding and direction of our efforts during pandemics. We, therefore, argue that building gender responsive national policies and practices will ensure equitable and salient public health opportunities during COVID-19.
Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; Gender; Global public health; Pandemic; Sub-Saharan Africa.
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