Nine Lessons on Care Reform in Eastern and Southern Africa from the COVID-19 Pandemic

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care

Key lessons learnt on how to carry out effective care reform in Eastern and Southern Africa from the COVID 19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic posed a fundamental threat to the care of children in Eastern and Southern Africa.  It exacerbated many causes of separation and violence in families and placed a huge strain on services that aim to improve children’s care.  Responding to these challenges also led to rapid adaptation, innovation, and learning. In this paper, we document lessons learnt on care reform that emerged from the pandemic. 

The paper is accompanied by a video where experts from across the region talk about what they have learnt about care reform from the pandemic. These lessons not only have ramifications for responding to pandemics and other emergencies, but are also relevant to care reform processes in 'normal' periods.