Ports2Arms (P2A) is a public health accountability mechanism that uses a Community-Led Monitoring (CLM) approach to monitor and document barriers and enablers on the ground to COVID-19 vaccine, testing, and treatment access and uptake. Hence, we are better prepared for and able to respond to future pandemics. This project is being piloted in South Africa by the African Alliance, funded by and in partnership with the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the National Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). We have also successfully tested the engagement tool’s practicality in Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, South Africa, and DRC.
Communities in African countries co-lead the design, testing, and implementation of the P2A Tracker and, using a community-led monitoring approach, generate and share real-time data to hold relevant stakeholders to account and inform and support the delivery of equitable national COVID-19 vaccine rollout programs that respond to barriers and spotlight good practices.
While the project’s initial testing and piloting were primarily focused the COVID-19 pandemic, it is envisaged that this community-led intervention can be adapted for other public health crises and enable African communities to be best prepared to respond to the current pandemic and prepare for the next.