Published: July 5th 2020


Public Health

The COVID-19 Research Alliance: A new online event series dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research in the fight against COVID-19

Published: July 5th 2020

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.


The COVID-19 pandemic has proven itself to be the most complex and multifaceted challenge humanity has faced in living memory.

On the continent, it has forced healthcare systems to the brink of collapse, disrupted the education of nearly 400 million young Africans and threatened agriculture and food supply systems with an estimated 20% drop in productivity. All of this has helped usher in the deepest global recession since world war two, threatening lives and livelihoods from Cairo to Cape Town.

Addressing the challenges that COVID-19 has presented will require unprecedented levels of regional and international collaboration.

That’s why Bobab and Medixus have teamed up again to deliver a new online event series, this time focusing on the crucial role of interdisciplinary research in the fight against COVID-19; we call it the COVID-19 Research Alliance.

Over the course of three webinars, we’ll bring together diverse groups of academics and researchers, business and charity leaders, policy makers and government representatives to debate the issues, promote innovative solutions and showcase exciting research collaborations striving to understand the defining challenge of our time.

And we’ll be covering a range of interdisciplinary research topics. These include exploring the under-theorised interface between so-called ‘hard’ medical sciences and ‘soft’ social sciences; showcasing world-leading African researchers contributing to our understanding of COVID-19 comorbidities with both communicable and non-communicable diseases; and we’ll be asking what can Africa teach the rest of the world about successfully leveraging existing infectious disease research and response infrastructure.

If you share our belief that by coming together and exchanging knowledge we can help tackle COVID-19 in Africa, join us and register to participate today.

Register to attend the events by clicking on the links below:

Event One - Comorbidities and COVID-19: The Double Disease Burden in Africa

Event Two - One Size Fits All? Incorporating Social Science in Holistic Approaches to Tackling COVID-19

Event Three - Doing More with Less: The African Example