News & Analysis: Senegal

The challenges African countries face to get hold of the COVID-19 vaccine

“GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, has been securing vaccine candidates to make the vaccine equally accessible to low-income countries. However, the countries may be required to share some of the costs of delivery which is up to $1.60 to $2 per dose. The economies of most African countries may not be able to afford the vaccine delivery.”

via Quartz Africa

Localized communication plans help Senegal control COVID-19

“Following the country’s first COVID-19 case, Senegal enacted several public health policies to prevent community transmission and protect its fragile health system. Observers credit transparent and consistent public messaging for widespread support of essential measures, including mask mandates.”

via Brookings

Not waiting for a savior

“The picture of how successfully Africa has combated COVID-19 to date may be up for discussion, but the innovation and ingenuity demonstrated in the continent’s response to the pandemic deserves to be reflected in writing on the global response.”

via Africa is a Country

$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

Senegal to Expand Health System After COVID-19 Exposes Needs

“Senegal will recruit 1,500 additional health workers and raise 500 billion CFA francs ($893 million) to modernize hospitals and build new facilities.”

via Bloomberg

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future

“With the promise of offshore gas resource wealth in jeopardy and the pressure to recognize Israel, Mauritania faces a challenging time.”

via Fair Observer

Pandemic spurs Africa’s mobile telcos to ramp up banking bid

“Africa’s mobile phone operators are ramping up plans to bring banking to millions of Africans, in some cases for the first time, after the coronavirus crisis caused a surge in use of digital financial services.”

via Reuters

Life returning to normal in Africa, but virus fears linger

“While many nations ease their COVID-19 measures and citizens dare to breathe a little easier, experts are warning against letting the continent’s success lapse into complacency. The continent’s hardest-hit nation, South Africa has reeled under one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.”

via The East African

Impact of COVID-19: Health and community

“COVID-19 has upended healthcare systems and derailed non-COVID-19 related treatments. Facing this, traditional and religious leaders, as well as community health workers, are playing a pivotal role.”

via International Growth Centre

Is the Worst of Africa’s COVID-19 Outbreak Over?

“‘Quite early in in the evolution of the pandemic on the continent, governments quickly implemented restrictions on movement and gatherings; so-called ‘lockdowns’ and this, we think, created a window of opportunity to keep the case numbers low and to strengthen public health capacities,’ says WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.”

via AllAfrica