News & Analysis: Mozambique

Finding the Balance: Public Health and Social Measures in Mozambique

“While the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Mozambique is low, new reported cases have been rapidly accelerating since late July, as mobility gradually approaches pre-COVID-19 levels. A phased reopening plan may result in further increases in transmission.”

via Africa CDC

COVID-19 in the Deep Rural Areas of Mozambique

“This year an estimated 1.6 million people in Mozambique face severe food insecurity. To make matters worse, business relies on a steady stream of vehicles going down to the capital, Maputo; a stream that has slowed down, almost to a halt. After all, this is the third month of the COVID-19 declared state of emergency.”

via African Arguments

The AfCFTA’s effects on trade and wages in Africa

“AfCFTA, if implemented fully, could boost regional income by $450 billion, bring 30 million people out of extreme poverty, and raise the incomes of 68 million others who live on less than $5.50 a day.”

via Brookings Institution

Southern Africa: Why risk financing is critically important during COVID-19 recovery

“We don’t know how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last, but the prospect of finding an effective vaccine is likely. In contrast, the risk of climatic shocks remains. Many countries in the Southern Africa region have taken the first steps in increasing their financial preparedness to respond to shocks.”

via World Bank

External debt complicates Africa’s COVID-19 recovery

“For sub-Saharan African economies, interest repayments constitute the highest expenditure portion – and fastest-growing expenditure – of budgets.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

The pandemic appears to have spared Africa so far. Scientists are struggling to explain why.

“Although Africa reported its millionth official COVID-19 case last week, it seems to have weathered the pandemic relatively well so far, with fewer than one confirmed case for every thousand people and just 23,000 deaths so far. Yet several antibody surveys suggest far more Africans have been infected with the coronavirus—a discrepancy that is puzzling scientists around the continent.”

via Science

Mozambique announces another 30 days of state of emergency

“Religious gathering with no more than 50 people will also be allowed from Aug. 18. In phase two, starting from September, cinemas, casinos, gyms, and driving schools will reopen. Phase three concerns activities considered high risk. Starting on Oct. 30, Grade 12 classes will be resumed, while other grades will be resumed as soon as sanitation conditions are qualified.”

via The New Times

The promise of digitising cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa during COVID-19 and beyond

“This year, the coronavirus pandemic has forced governments to grapple with difficult questions regarding lockdowns, contact tracing and the provision of emergency financial assistance to citizens now without work. In developing countries, these hardships are magnified with the World Bank estimating that remittances – money transfers sent from foreign workers to their home countries – to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent (from $554 billion in 2019 to $445 billion in 2020). Considering the significant role that remittances play in alleviating poverty and improving nutrition, many governments have turned to mobile cash transfers for vulnerable citizens to use while minimising COVID-19 exposure.”

via Africa Portal

African Development Fund approves UA100.4 million multi-country COVID-19 Response Support for Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sao Tome

“The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund on Wednesday approved a UA100.4 million (about $138 million) crisis budget support package to four southern African countries – Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique and São Tomé & Príncipe, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via AfDB

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Unite fly crucial medical supplies into Africa

“Virgin Group, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Unite – the Virgin Group’s not-for-profit Foundation – are supporting UNICEF and the World Food Programme-led Global Common Supply Chain Services Provision by donating a special cargo flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg, delivering essential PPE equipment for frontline health workers into Eswatini and Mozambique”

via Virgin Atlantic