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posted on 2023-10-12, 12:43 authored by LILIAN DIANA DudleyLILIAN DIANA Dudley, Ian Couper, Taryn Young, Theadora Koller, Selvan Naidoo, Clara Rodríguez Ribas Elizalde, Niluka Wijekoon Kannangarage

We conducted a scoping review to explore COVID-19 preparedness and response in rural and remote areas in all settings, to identify lessons to inform future health preparedness and response planning.

A search of scientific and grey literature for rural COVID-19 preparedness and responses (as described in the WHO COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan 2021), identified 5 668 articles published between 2019 and early 2022. After screening against pre-specified eligibility criteria, 293 articles were included. The database includes the records from these 293 studies which provided both quantitative data as well as qualitative data which were analysed to describe the COVID-19 preparedness and response; and to identify  and explore the main themes in the preparedness and response in rural and remote areas. 


This research was commissioned by WHO to the University of Stellenbosch through Agreement for Performance of Work 2022/1215701-0



A manuscript of the study has been submitted to PLOS Global Public Health for publication.


Vittoria Lutje of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, advised on the search strategy and conducted the electronic database searches. Innocentia Lediga, Mercia Companie and Kopano Dube, of the Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University assisted with the data capture.







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Data of study: COVID-19 preparedness and response in rural and remote areas: A scoping review. Authors: Lilian Dudley, Ian Couper, Niluka Wijekoon Kannangarage, Selvan Naidoo, Clara Rodriguez Ribas, Theadora Swift Koller, Taryn Young