Dr. Cameron Bess was a Foreign Service Officer and Senior Research Advisor in the U.S. Global Development Lab and former Program Manger for the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Cellular Biophysics from The Rockefeller University in New York City and is currently a Biologist at the United States Biomedical Advanced Research Authority.


This article presents examples of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)-based responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the importance of developing, supporting, and maintaining HEI networks in low- and middle-income countries.