By Charles Fiertz, Nate Haken, Patricia Taft Nasri, Chloe Pan, Nkasi Wodu

So far, Nigeria has managed the health aspects of the COVID-19 crisis much better than many countries, certainly better than the United States, based on the number of reported cases and deaths, due to a strong and proactive approach to the prevention of community spread. But the cascading effects of the pandemic have taken their toll, particularly in regard to livelihoods and the economy. Existing social and community stresses have also been exacerbated, as they have in many countries around the world. This report highlights the specific challenges in the Nigerian context but also the mechanisms for resilience that can be promoted for a quick and sustainable recovery now that the first shock of the disease has begun to dissipate.

 

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