Volume 28, Supplement—December 2022
Using Population Mobility Patterns to Adapt COVID-19 Response Strategies in 3 East Africa Countries
||National MOH, Port Health, epidemiology
||The Uganda team included many partners, whereas the other countries had teams predominantly or solely composed of MOH staff.
||All countries invited national and district level MOH staff with a variety of expertise, e.g., surveillance, and emergency operations, to support implementation
||All teams implemented PopCAB to strengthen public health and border health systems and resource allocation
||While DRC kept the objectives broader, with an interest in informing border health strategies, Uganda and Tanzania included more specific objectives, e.g., inform lockdown measures (Uganda) or explore cross-border animal movement (Tanzania)
|Priority geographic areas
||Border regions and urban areas visited by cross-border travelers
||DRC focused specifically on POE and urban areas, while Tanzania and Uganda focused on administrative jurisdictions, e.g., county, district.
|Priority population groups
||Cross-border mobile populations
||Uganda focused some activities on populations seeking traditional and formal healthcare support across a border. Tanzania focused some activities on populations that live mobile lives, e.g., pastoralists.
|First implemented for COVID-19 response||All countries started implementing PopCAB for COVID-19 in 2020||While DRC focused on integrating PopCAB events throughout the pandemic, Uganda and Tanzania implemented intensive PopCAB initiatives at specific times and in specific areas|
*CDC, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; MOH, ministry of health; PopCAB, Population Connectivity Across Borders.