African Voices: Reporting and Analysis

COVID-19: Africans are Hospitalized and Dying in India

As India’s COVID-19 disaster continues to unfold, Africans in the country are facing grim health risks and financial hardships, with uncertain prospects of when they will be able to return home.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Kenya: The First Batch of Vaccines Has Arrived, but the Rollout Has Faced Several Hurdles

In Kenya, the initial rollout of a consignment of 1 million Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has faced several hurdles, including fears about safety and concerns about transparency. Stephanie Wangari reports from Nairobi.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

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