Mapping of Southern Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

South-South Galaxy has conducted a mapping of health authorities, mainly the Ministries of Health across countries of the global South, of their responses and efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of the mapping is to provide a dynamic repository of efforts in addressing the outbreak and enable countries to quickly access information, compare practices, and learn from one another through South-South knowledge exchanges. The mapping also includes official donation platforms established by governments, where available. This will facilitate the scaling up of efforts and allow countries of the South to adequately mitigate the risks of the pandemic ahead of time. The mapping will continue to be updated on an ongoing basis. Please share with us any additional information or updates you would like us to include at

*The designations employed & the presentation of material on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the UN & UNOSSC concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


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Response to COVID-19 through South-South Cooperation

Sub-regional, regional and interregional organizations are serving as important platforms for coordinating South-South cooperation efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are serving as channels to dialogue and affirm Southern countries collective stances. These organizations and institutions are promoting and operationalizing South-South cooperation through the sharing of knowledge, best practices, and tangible forms of assistance with other countries in the South. Below are several examples of collective and joint responses to address this global crisis.

NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
July 6, 2020

ASEAN and The Asia Foundation launched Go Digital ASEAN to develop Digital Skills to Unlock New Economic Opportunities

The ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) and The Asia Foundation have come together, to launch the Go Digital ASEAN initiative. Supported by a USD3.3m grant…
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June 25, 2020

COVID-19 Innovation Hub Launched to Highlight Responses & Solutions

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Evidence of local transmission of the disease has been…
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June 4, 2020

UNESCO’s Support: Educational Response to COVID-19

Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These nationwide closures are impacting almost 60% of the world’s student…
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May 15, 2020

Astana Civil Service Hub (ACSH) Launched Virtual Alliance on COVID-19

The Astana Civil Service Hub, following its mission and aiming to support the governments of the participating countries and contribute to a regional and global partnership, has launched the Virtual…
NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
April 23, 2020

Statement of Solidarity & Cooperation: A call for concerted support efforts to curb COVID19

The g7+ Statement of Solidarity and Cooperation "A call for concerted support in our effort to curb COVID-19". This contains a collective perspective and asks about curbing the pandemic. The…
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April 20, 2020

AIIB Doubles COVID-19 Crisis Response to USD10 Billion

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is doubling available funds under its COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Facility to provide USD5-10 billion due to high client demand. This follows AIIB’s announcement to make…
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April 8, 2020

African Union and African Private Sector Launch COVID-19 Response Fund

Leveraging African solidarity, the initiative aims to implement a pan-African self-reliance strategy to halt COVID-19 pandemic Ahead of an expected surge in cases of COVID-19 in Africa, the African Union…
NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
April 1, 2020

MERCOSUR Presidents Agree on Measures to Combat COVID-19

NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
April 1, 2020

The League of Arab States takes Several Measures to Counter the Emerging Coronavirus

NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
April 1, 2020

Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Outbreak

A novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has spread rapidly around the world since it was first identified in January 2020 in the People’s Republic of China. Existing data from China and…
NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
March 31, 2020

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministers of Finance meet to discuss the Financial & Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic

At the invitation of HE the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the GCC Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee held on Monday, 23 March 2020, a videoconference, to discuss…
NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
March 29, 2020

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Leaders Discuss Measures to Contain the Spread of COVID-19

The Leaders of the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held a Video Conference on 15 March 2020 to discuss measures to contain the spread…
NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
March 29, 2020

ASEAN Health Sector Efforts in the Prevention, Detection & Response to COVID-19

Guided by the ASEAN Post-2015 Health Development Agenda (APHDA) and its Governance and Implementation Mechanism (GIM), the ASEAN Health Sector Cooperation deployed and operationalized the established and existing health mechanisms…
NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
March 29, 2020

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States to mobilise € 25 million to boost COVID-19 Preparedness

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States shares the deep concerns expressed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), on the alarming spread and severity of the Coronavirus 2019…
NewsSouthern Response to COVID-19
March 26, 2020

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group is setting-up a Strategic Preparedness and Response Facility in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

On 11th March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The IsDB is deeply concerned about the exponential growth in the number of cases worldwide and the human, social…

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UN-Habitat and UNOSSC commit to stepping up South-South cooperation on urban issues

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