News & Analysis: Nigeria

Peer-to-peer communication in East and West Africa may help promote COVID-19 policy compliance

“While many countries have adopted top-down approaches to COVID-19 prevention, such as mandating certain health behaviours, our research suggests that peer-to-peer messaging may also be an important way for health behaviours to spread.”

via Africa at LSE

Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Nigerian Households

“Given the mounting evidence that the social and economic impacts of these twin crises are likely to be significant, the government is ramping up policy interventions that can help mitigate such negative impacts.”

via World Bank

Nigeria Bets on Solar to Power its COVID-19 Recovery

“With Solar Power Naija, the government is aiming to fix the development problems that a lack of access to electricity has created, as well as the pollution that fuel-powered generators, one of the most popular power sources, cause.”

via Bloomberg

Sub-Saharan Africa: The devastating impact of conflicts compounded by COVID-19

“Across the region, the devastating impact of armed conflict in countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, and Nigeria, was compounded by the pandemic as a number of states weaponized it to crack down on human rights. The crackdowns included killings of civilians and arrests of opposition politicians and supporters and human rights defenders and activists in countries such as Angola, Guinea, and Uganda.”

via Amnesty International

Nigeria to limit first doses of AstraZeneca due to supply concerns

“Nigeria has directed its 36 states and federal capital to stop giving first doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines once they use half their current stock in order to safeguard supply for the second dose.”

via News24

IMF COVID-19 Emergency Loans: A View from Four Countries

“An in-depth analysis of Cameroon, Ecuador, Egypt and Nigeria and found mixed results in meeting the IMF’s transparency commitments. There remained inconsistencies in the types of measures to which governments committed, their implementation, and the role of the IMF in ensuring compliance. The transparency commitments in the emergency loans spurred all four governments to produce information about their spending and contracts that they would have otherwise not published. However, the amount, accessibility, and quality of the disclosed information varied widely and was inadequate for meaningful oversight for any of the four countries.”

via Transparency International

Private importation of vaccine not approved (Nigeria)

“Over 8,000 jabs have been administered across 34 states and the FCT with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, except Kogi State.”

via The Nation (Mali)

Will Chinese-Made COVID-19 Vaccines Find Acceptance in Nigeria?

“Local media have generally avoided politicizing the COVID-19 vaccines and have played an important role in sensitizing the public about COVID-19 and the importance of vaccines. Yet, earlier this month, The Guardian, a widely read newspaper in Nigeria, published an article that questions the safety of the SinoPharm vaccine, which will likely cause distrust of Chinese-made vaccines.”

via Development Reimagined

COVID-19 test compulsory for FCTA workers (Nigeria)

“The directive followed the permanent secretary’s order during an FCTA management meeting on February 18, 2021, that the health and Human Services Secretariat should conduct a COVID-19 test for all the staff of FCTA.”

via The Nation (Mali)

Nigeria: 58% of households have reduced food consumption

“Between July 2020 and December 2020, 83 percent of households reported an increase in the price of major food items that they consumed, demonstrating a widespread deterioration in purchasing power.”

via Vanguard