The A2P team is strongly engaged in the global COVID-19 response strategy. Here are a few examples of our activities:

  • Hoarding in science, no thanks. Openness and transparency in crisis mode and beyond
    During the current SARS-COV-2 pandemic, the scientific approach is ostensibly unable to keep up with the rapid pace at which the crisis is spreading. After developing a research idea, it usually takes years to publish the results. Now, however, things need to move faster. One more reason to embrace open science practices. Rima-Maria Rahal & […]
  • Day 18: DIY sanitizer
    University and research institute labs around the world have repurposed their inventory and skills set to produce self-made sanitizers. Here are two examples, from Nigeria and Sweden: Download the WHO Guide to local production of handrub formulations: who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf
  • Day 15: Harnessing the Open Science infrastructure for an efficient African response to COVID-19 [preprint]
    Cite as: Havemann, Jo, Bezuidenhout, Louise, Achampong, Joyce, Akligoh, Harry, Ayodele, Obasegun, Hussein, Shaukatali, … Wenzelmann, Victoria. (2020). Harnessing the Open Science infrastructure for an efficient African response to COVID-19 [preprint]. doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3733768 Authors Core team:  Jo Havemann, 0000-0002-6157-1494, Access 2 Perspectives & AfricArXiv, Germany Louise Bezuidenhout, 0000-0003-4328-3963, Oxford University, AfricArXiv & Access 2 Perspectives, South Africa & UK  Correspondence: (JH […]
  • Day 11: Multilingual COVID-19 Information Videos
    There is a lot of information circulating about COVID-19 – some more reliable than others. For many individuals, it is stressful to sort through differing messages – often in languages that are not their mother-tongue. We propose to address this with short, consistent messages provided in as many regional/local languages as possible. For that, we […]
  • Day 10: Mapping the COVID-19 global response
    COVID-19 relevant information and resources by country License: CC-0 Click on individual nodes and view information by country info hotlines governmental informational websites, Twitter feeds & Facebook pages fact checking online resources language indicator DIY resources clinical staff capacity building etc. With the navigation buttons to the right, you can zoom in and out, select […]
  • Day 8: Leveraging Open Hardware to Alleviate the Burden of COVID-19 on Global Health Systems
    Maia Chagas, A.; Molloy, J.; Prieto Godino, L.; Baden, T. Leveraging Open Hardware to Alleviate the Burden of COVID-19 on Global Health Systems. Preprints2020, 2020030362 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0362.v1). Abstract With the current rapid spread of COVID-19, global health systems are increasingly overburdened by the sheer number of people that need diagnosis, isolation and treatment. Shortcomings are […]
  • COVID-19 Research & Outbreak Mitigation
    Refer to the Wikipedia article 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic or the World Health Organization’s situation reports for most recent reported case information. Protect yourself and others from infection by following these suggestions: Handwashing Respiratory hygiene Self-isolation and self-quarantine Social distancing Contribute to vaccine research (see below) Stay calm and wash your hands. In between, check these projects and get involved: […]