Knowledge, preparedness, and attitude towards COVID-19 among health professions’ students in Africa

To whom it may concern,

The best teacher award for 2020 goes to COVID-19 and as facilitators, we are open to learning, along with our students. As health professionals’ training institutions begin to prepare to open up in Africa, or have actually opened up, this introductory letter seeks your permission to enable your students to participate in an AFREhealth COVID-19 survey for students targeting different African countries. This is imperative to understand the knowledge, attitudes and preparedness of the various health professions’ students at different levels of training towards the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AFREhealth Student Advisory Committee invites all health professions’ students at different levels of training to participate in this study and contribute to the understanding of their preparedness in respect to COVID-19 pandemic presently and in the foreseeable future. We hereby request you to kindly encourage your students to participate voluntarily by completing the survey link below:

To the participants,

Dear Respondent, This research is being conducted by AFREhealth Student Advisory Committee studying the knowledge, preparedness, and attitude to COVID-19 among health professions’ students in selected countries in Africa. Participation in this survey is voluntary and should not take more than 20 minutes of your time. Your responses will enable us to suggest appropriate measures to better prepare students for pandemics such as COVID-19 in the future. Note that ethical approval from each country has been obtained for this study. Your name or any other identifier is not required and your responses will be strictly held confidential and will be used solely for research purposes. You are free to opt-out from participating at any level. Your honest contributions are therefore greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your valuable time and support. We look forward to your active participation and please feel free to be in touch should you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,

Associate Prof Abigail Kazembe

President AFREhealth