As Covid-19 swept the globe, countries scrambled to tackle the immediate threat of the virus. Entire new hospitals were built in just days, people have been required to restrict their activities on a scale previously inconceivable during peacetime and a new class of vaccine was developed, trialled and approved within a matter of months. The scale of the emergency response has been extraordinary. But what comes next?
When a disaster, such as an earthquake, a flood or a pandemic, hits emergency plans are quickly enacted and command-and-control structures mobilised. But how to manage recovery isn’t always so clear. How do individuals, communities and countries recover from catastrophic events? How do we know what support is needed, which groups should be prioritised and how should efforts be co-ordinated and managed? And what role should the health and care system play in recovery?