News & Analysis: Botswana

Are African nations putting policing over public health?

“The shortage of medical expertise, equipment and facilities stands in stark contrast to the powers of law enforcement and security that have been exercised under the pretext of combatting the pandemic. This has laid the groundwork for a rise in police brutality, overreach, harassment, intimidation, corruption and violence.”

via Lowy Institute

Botswana Ends 7-Week Lockdown

“Botswana’s 48-day lockdown ended at midnight Wednesday after gradually relaxing restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in the diamond rich southern African country. All businesses and schools are now cleared to reopen under government guidelines, including individual temperature checks, use of face masks and regular sanitizing.”

via VOA News

What African Nations Are Teaching the West About Fighting the Coronavirus

“Although cases on the continent are increasing, many African countries are not seeing the exponential daily growth in confirmed cases, nor in mortality, that has been happening in the United States and Western Europe.”

via The New Yorker

Censorship, the unexpected side-effect of COVID-19

“Rajoelina urged his fellow African heads of state to embrace the herbal remedy. The other presidents did not push back, even though most had deep reservations.”

via Mail & Guardian

Coronavirus in Africa: Prison fever

“What are the consequences of the pandemic on the living conditions in African prisons?”

via Prison Insider

AfCFTA: Year Zero

“This assessment, which was completed before COVID-19 struck, showed that despite the euphoria, AfCFTA commitment and implementation readiness of African governments are surprisingly below 50%. COVID-19 now threatens to derail AfCFTA — which is the more reason the continent should press ahead and use AfCFTA as one of the weapons to beat COVID-19 and speed up post-COVID economic recovery.”

via tralac

COVID-19: Impacts on African economies – economic challenges and social safety net responses

“This brief explores evidence on these effects and the most vulnerable countries in the ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ categories. It also provides a summary of actions that African governments have taken as well as four ‘innovative ideas’ to consider in future, especially to continue poverty reduction and sustainable development, as part of Africa’s COVID-19 recovery plan and in partnership with development actors, including China.”

via PEGNet

19 years ago today, African countries vowed to spend 15% on health

“On 27 April 2001, exactly 19 years ago today, African governments made an historic pledge to allocate at least 15% of their annual budgets to the health sector. This vow became known as the Abuja Declaration. As COVID-19 spreads and wreak havoc across the world, the question must be asked: What became of it?”

via African Arguments

Botswana’s president, lawmakers out of quarantine after testing negative for coronavirus

“President Mokgweetsi Masisi and all of Botswana’s lawmakers have been released from two weeks in quarantine after testing negative for the coronavirus, a senior official said on Thursday. They had been asked to quarantine for 14 days and be tested after a health worker screening the lawmakers for the virus tested positive.”

via Reuters

Botswana technology innovations that will save your day during lockdown

“There has never been a better opportunity for creatives and innovators to step up and usher in new solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic than now. Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) supports some innovations that consumers may find useful during this time of restricted movements, extreme social distancing and many other preventative measures to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19. “

via Botswana Guardian