News & Analysis: Cameroon

The man behind Africa’s COVID-19 response

“John Nkengasong, director at the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, watched events unfolding in China with concern — long before the rest of the world had turned its attention to what was then just a mysterious outbreak of atypical pneumonia.”

via Devex

Survey reveals 95 percent of African SMEs did not receive government aid during COVID-19 pandemic

“In March 2020, the African Union created the Rollo Africa Business Simulation Programme to support SMEs and the informal sector. Of the 490 businesses that applied the programme, 93 percent reported their business was heavily impacted by the pandemic and 95 percent testified they never received any government support to combat the economic downturn.”

via African Union

World Bank Provides $45 Million to Strengthen COVID-19 Response and Reforms in the Education Sector in Cameroon

“The World Bank approved an additional financing from the International Development Association in the amount of $45 million to the Education Reform Support Project to support Cameroon’s efforts in promoting learning for all. This IDA credit will be complemented by a Global Partnership for Education grant in the total amount of $ 52.45 million.”

via World Bank

The Double Threat of COVID-19 in Africa

“Evidence from past epidemics and initial reports from COVID-19 suggest that the greatest threat of COVID-19 in Africa will be indirect—arising from disruptions in health-care delivery and not from the disease itself.”

via Think Global Health

IMF Executive Board Approves a US $156 million New Disbursement for Cameroon to Address the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant challenges for Cameroon. Declining economic activity and persisting terms of trade shock are giving rise to substantial fiscal pressures and an urgent balance of payments need.”

via IMF

Is the Worst of Africa’s COVID-19 Outbreak Over?

“‘Quite early in in the evolution of the pandemic on the continent, governments quickly implemented restrictions on movement and gatherings; so-called ‘lockdowns’ and this, we think, created a window of opportunity to keep the case numbers low and to strengthen public health capacities,’ says WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.”

via AllAfrica

IDA: Securing a more resilient future in fragile and conflict-affected settings

“Under the 18th replenishment of IDA, which ended in June, the World Bank has more than doubled its support in fragile and conflict-affected situations over three years, from $10.2 billion to $23 billion. Thanks to this, over 38 million people have accessed essential health services, more than 15 million children have been immunized, and over 17 million people have benefitted from social safety net programs.”

via World Bank

Cameroon’s twin crises create surge in teen pregnancy

“The lives of many young women have been impacted by not one but two crises: COVID-19 and the ongoing conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. In Douala, the worsening economy and the closure of schools has forced many young women to turn to sex work to make ends meet, or made them vulnerable to exploitative men.”

via Mail & Guardian

Cameroon’s multi-pronged strategy to beat COVID-19-induced slump

“In order to counter the downturn, Yaoundé has announced plans to get the economy back on its feet: both in the short term through financial support for businesses, and longer term by strengthening trade with the rest of the world.”

via New African Magazine

Africa’s top 10 COVID-19 hotspots face virus storm

“The World Health Organisation has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm already strained public health systems in Africa. Despite considerable investments in the past five months, Africa’s healthcare infrastructure remains gravely inadequate. The average doctor to patient ratio of 1:5,000 is still far short of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended proportion of 1:1,000.”

via The East African