African Voices: Reporting and Analysis

COVID-19’s Impact on Educational Inequality in Lagos State, Nigeria

In Lagos State, Nigeria, school closures exacerbated previous inequalities in the educational system, as learning from home proved problematic for less fortunate children. And inequalities continue to impact educational access as Nigeria battles a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Malawi’s Second Wave: What Lessons from 2020 Can be Applied in 2021?

As a second wave inundates Malawi, public health officials and policymakers are asking, What lessons from Malawi’s mild 2020 experience should be applied in 2021?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 in Kolda: How Geography, Preparedness, and Government Action Helped Senegal’s Poorest Region Avoid the Worst

The region of Kolda in southern Senegal has largely been able to contain COVID-19 due to the region’s isolated geography, national policy decisions, and local pandemic preparedness.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Fault Lines between National and County Officials Push Kenyan Health Workers to the Brink

Kenyan health workers are pushing the government to honor agreements made in December, but negotiations have exposed fault lines between county and national officials. John Mbati reports from Nairobi.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Killing Zimbabwe’s Once-thriving Cross-border Trading Networks

Policies meant to control the spread of COVID-19 have had dramatic negative impacts on Zimbabweans involved in cross-border trade, including in Mutare, a city east of Harare on the border with Mozambique.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

How COVID-19 Disrupted the Livelihoods of Farmers—and Heightened Food Insecurity—in Kenya

In Kenya, COVID-19 restrictions cut off access to agricultural inputs and sowed confusion among farmers. The impacts on food security—and farming livelihoods—could be severe and long-lasting.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions, But Nigerian Farmers Are Still Counting Losses

Lockdown restrictions to mitigate COVID-19 had severe impacts for farmers in Nigeria, delaying planting and increasing the costs of inputs. Abiodun Jamiu reports from Kwara State.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

‘No Mask, No Lessons’: COVID-19’s Impact on Access to Education in Rural Malawi

“I personally see children being turned back from school because they have no masks on a daily basis. This is a big stumbling block to their education.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Kenya’s Frontline Health Workers Are Dying From COVID-19

Hundreds of health workers in Kenya have contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic, and 31 have died from the virus. Health workers are now asking for more protections, and a major trade union is preparing a strike.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

What the Major COVID-19 Vaccine Announcements Mean for Nigeria

“Access is only the first challenge that will need to be addressed for widespread vaccination against COVID-19 in Nigeria. There are also concerns about the state of cold chain infrastructure and perceptions of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine among the population.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch