News & Analysis: Nigeria

Cinemas in Nigeria seek Federal Gov’t’s assistance for COVID-19 recovery

“Nigeria’s cinema industry has urged the Federal Government to fulfil its promise of assisting the sector to fully recover from COVID-19 setbacks.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

$100M genomic sequencing initiative launches in Africa

“A $100 million initiative launched this week that aims to expand next-generation genomic sequencing tools and expertise across the African continent, which experts say could be used to tackle disease outbreaks more effectively.”

via Devex

SARS-CoV-2 testing in low- and middle-income countries: availability and affordability in the private health sector

“SARS-CoV-2 testing is a major bottleneck globally, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). As the public health sector struggles to meet the increasing need for tests, there is a potential role for the private health sector to expand SARS-CoV-2 testing capacity.”

via Microbes and Infection

COVID-19 exposes need for new direction in Nigerian economy

“Nigeria’s oil dependence has come back to haunt it once again, as the government battles to manage a severe contraction of revenues and foreign currency in the wake of plummeting oil prices brought on by the COVID-19 global crisis.”

via New African Magazine

African Debt: At some point, the hole becomes just too big to fill

“Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and others have all announced new borrowing initiatives that will only exacerbate the current financial crisis. And what’s worse is that they’re largely planning on using the proceeds from raw material sales to repay those loans. But by the time those loans come due, commodities won’t be nearly as valuable as they are today.”

via The Africa Report

Population of extremely poor persons in Nigeria hits 102m

“NECA’s report says that the number of citizens in extreme poverty now stands at an estimated 102 million, representing 50 per cent of the Nigeria’s estimated population of about 205 million, as against the 40 per cent reported by NBS in October last year.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

COVID-19 increased Nigerians’ health awareness

“A health and wellness expert, Ms Chiamaka Oragwu, said that COVID-19 increased people’s awareness about their health and the need to stay healthy. ‘Before COVID-19, a lot of people were ignorant about their health, but when the virus came with intensity, people began to buy fruits and vegetables,’ Oragwu says.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

COVID-19 is showing us how to improve health systems—sometimes by disrupting them

“Amidst all of the tragedy this pandemic has unleashed, something else is happening, too: By forcing governments and others to really look at health systems, it’s revealing opportunities for change.”

via Gates Foundation

COVID-19 is showing us how to improve health systems—sometimes by disrupting them

“The pandemic further threatens weak health systems. Building stronger and more resilient health systems means focusing on women’s care and supporting health care workers.”

via Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The truth about Africa’s ‘debt problem’ with China

“As more African countries have looked to China for financing and technical support to rapidly boost infrastructural development, there have been loud musings about the scale of China’s lending to African countries as well as the Asian giant’s motives.”

via Quartz Africa