News & Analysis: Chad

Chad’s storytellers take COVID-19 prevention messages off the grid

“Some 80 troubadours – a medieval French term for wandering singers and poets who focused on courtly love – are now on the move to remote areas in eight provinces in Chad to raise awareness of the dangers of COVID-19 and what measures need to be taken to stop the spread of the deadly disease.”

via UN News

Coronavirus in Africa: Prison fever

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

via Prison Insider

How has human smuggling changed under COVID-19?

“New evidence gathered by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime suggests growing hostility towards human smuggling in regions where the activity is deeply entrenched in the political economy.”

via African Arguments

Coronavirus border closures strand tens of thousands of people across Africa

“Tens of thousands of migrants are trapped in dangerous conditions at frontiers, mines, ports and in transit camps across Africa after states shut their borders in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19.”

via The Guardian (Nigeria)

Chad: Economic and Poverty Update Under COVID-19

“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed Chad’s macroeconomic outlook… The adverse effects of the pandemic have not been so much about the direct contagion but about the global economic slowdown and collapse of international oil prices it has triggered. In particular, Chad’s oil sector, which represents 90 percent of exports and 40 percent of government revenues, has severely been impacted.”

via World Bank

The World Bank Provides $16.9 Million to Help Chad Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

“The COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Project aims to strengthen Chad’s capacity in prevention, epidemiological surveillance, early detection, confirmation of cases, contact tracing, and patient treatment. This support will also fast-track access to quality health care in health facilities.”

via World Bank

Living with the virus

“But cautious optimism should be the watchword – some experts claim that the disease is secretly coiling its way through African societies and that when it raises itself to its full dreadful height, a nightmare could ensue.”

via New African Magazine

IMF Executive Board Approves Immediate Debt Relief for 25 Countries

“Executive Board approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of the IMF’s member countries under the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) as part of the Fund’s response to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via IMF

Innovations Needed to Prevent COVID-19 from Catching Fire in Africa’s Cities

” COVID-19 spreads at close range through respiratory droplets. Consequently, the most serious outbreaks of the pandemic have been seen in dense settings and close-knit social networks. With household and core urban densities among the world’s highest, African cities have the potential to serve as deadly incubators for the virus’s spread.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Mapping Risk Factors for the Spread of COVID-19 in Africa

“African countries face varying levels of risk that will require adapting a diversified set of response strategies to the coronavirus. The most vulnerable countries may not be those with the earliest onset… Understanding the relative risks each country faces can better guide response efforts in both the introductory and subsequent stages as the pandemic evolves.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies