The world has never faced a pandemic with the potential to reach us all at the same time. While case counts vary, it's clear that the coronavirus is rolling out in every country and territory.
Among the myriad global communities whose lives and livelihoods have already been affected, are 88 million vulnerable people in Southern Africa who are, by social and economic circumstance, at greater risk of suffering from the implications of the virus. Governments in the region have acted to implement response plans and mechanisms for their nations; yet there is a gaping misalignment that excludes vulnerable communities.
At the heart of the responses to coronavirus is the question around how those who are living at the margins of economic and political systems will be able to follow the measures that are required to flatten the curve and curb the spread.