News & Analysis: Liberia

Liberians laud government’s COVID-19 response but claim unfair distribution of relief assistance

“Very few citizens trust their government to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and only about a third say they are likely to try to get vaccinated when a vaccine becomes available. Liberians also overwhelmingly believe prayer is more effective than a vaccine in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

via Afrobarometer

Four Things to Know on How Liberia Is Reforming Its Economy Amid COVID-19

“The International Monetary Fund provided additional financial assistance of $48.86 million to the Republic of Liberia under a program launched at the end of last year.”

via IMF

EU Mobilizes €84M for Liberia, Sierra Leone, Benin, CAR

“The European Commission announced the mobilization of €84.26 million (US$10.6 million) in support of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in four African countries: Benin, Central African Republic, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.”

via Liberian Observer

The COVID-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker

“The gender distribution of cases and deaths varies significantly across the AFRO region, and in comparison to global figures. In South Africa, which is home to two-thirds of all confirmed deaths in the region, the number of deaths in men and women is roughly the same. Across the other countries reporting, men account for a much greater proportion (70%) of all deaths.”

via Global Health 50/50

The COVID-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker

“The gender distribution of cases and deaths varies significantly across the AFRO region, and in comparison to global figures. In South Africa, which is home to two-thirds of all confirmed deaths in the region, the number of deaths in men and women is roughly the same. Across the other countries reporting, men account for a much greater proportion (70%) of all deaths.”

via Global Health 50/50

The dangers of playing politics with COVID-19 cures

“President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar announced that a plant-based tonic, Covid Organics, was an effective treatment for COVID-19. Scepticism over the claim was countered not with rigorous scientific evidence but politicised rhetoric.”

via African Arguments

A Hollow Victory: The Hidden Cost of COVID-19 on Women’s Health in West Africa

“Africa’s low death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic may look like a triumph, but behind the numbers lies a hidden tragedy as the virus impacts women’s access to healthcare.”

via African Arguments

Liberia: Travelers to Pay US$75 for COVID-19 Test as of Dec. 1

“The Government of Liberia has released new COVID-19 testing protocols for travelers intending to depart or arrive in the country. The guidelines, published by the Ministry of Health, require all “non-exempt” incoming and outgoing travelers to be tested for the disease.”

via Liberian Observer

COVID-19 Food Distribution Moves to Todee District (Liberia)

“The World Food Programme and partners have distributed food rations in rural Montserrado targeting over 19,600 households in 36 communities in 8 clans of Todee District, Liberia.”

via Liberian Observer

Italy’s use of ferries to quarantine migrants comes under fire

“Outrage is growing among human rights advocates at the use of commercial ferries by Italian authorities to quarantine asylum seekers and migrants due to COVID-19 – not just new arrivals, but also people from reception centres inland who have been in Italy for years.”

via The New Humanitarian