African Voices

‘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

COVID-19 in South Africa: The Outsized Impact on Women in the Informal Economy

“What we have seen in relation to COVID-19 is an amplification of existing fault lines of inequality, particularly in respect of gender.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

The Case for Digital Identity in Africa during and post-COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Tunde Fafunwa, Lead Advisor for the UNECA Digital Centre for Excellence, about the importance of digital identity for economic recovery.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 Stings: How COVID-19 Has Further Impoverished Poor Nigerians

This photo-essay from Nigerian photographer Femi Amogunla features portraits of seven individuals impacted by COVID-19 in Oyo State, Nigeria.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Precision Medicine and Entrepreneurship: Shaping the Future of Health in Africa?

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong, CEO of 54gene, about genomics research and precision medicine in Africa, as well as his company’s response to COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Africa: Economic Recovery and Transformation

How can African countries “build forward,” not build back, after COVID-19? Our panel of experts shares their thoughts on creating more resilient and more prosperous economies across the continent.

via Milken Institute

Supporting Africa’s Small Businesses and Tackling Debt Sustainability during COVID-19: An Interview with Acha Leke

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to McKinsey’s Chairman for the Africa region, Acha Leke, about government responses to COVID-19, the support needed for SMEs, and debt sustainability.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Interview with Lionel Zinsou: Priorities for Private Sector Growth and Attracting Investment in a Post-Pandemic Africa

Lionel Zinsou, Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge and former Prime Minister of Benin talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about opportunities for private sector growth and investment post-COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch