Publication date: 10 June 2020
This policy brief presents proposals that will cushion local governments from the impact of COVID-19. Undeniably, responding to Covid-19 challenges at any level is associated with heavy demands on human,
financial and logistical resources. Globally, Covid-19 emergence response is multi-sectorial to enable a
holistic solution to the concomitant challenges. District councils, a creation of the Local Government
Act are mandated to oversee health services. Other than frontline health workers, each district has a
community-based services department with officers’ in-charge of probation and social welfare, social
rehabilitation, children and youth affairs, gender, disability and elderly, culture, labour and many others.
Since the mandate of personnel in this department is to operate in communities, these should be enlisted
to respond and manage the community-component of Covid-19.