News & Analysis: Sudan

COVID-19: Africans are Hospitalized and Dying in India

As India’s COVID-19 disaster continues to unfold, Africans in the country are facing grim health risks and financial hardships, with uncertain prospects of when they will be able to return home.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Huge borrowing, COVID-19 shocks, leave region in a funding dilemma

“Excessive borrowing prior to the pandemic pushed countries closer to the debt ceiling with debt-to-GDP ratios now exceeding 50 percent. This leaves little room for external borrowing as the year starts.”

via The East African

Majority of Africans would take a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

“A survey conducted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has shown that a predominant majority (79% average) of respondents in Africa would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it were deemed safe and effective.”

via Africa CDC

Survey reveals 95 percent of African SMEs did not receive government aid during COVID-19 pandemic

“In March 2020, the African Union created the Rollo Africa Business Simulation Programme to support SMEs and the informal sector. Of the 490 businesses that applied the programme, 93 percent reported their business was heavily impacted by the pandemic and 95 percent testified they never received any government support to combat the economic downturn.”

via African Union

Mo Ibrahim: Why Africa must emerge more resilient from the COVID-19 crisis

“Ibrahim warned that 2020 has brought not only the COVID-19 crisis to Africa, but also worrying signs about the state of governance on the continent. He reported that his foundation’s latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance report showed a decline in its measures of good governance for the first time in a decade, even alongside optimism about places such as Sudan that are undergoing democratic revivals.”

via Atlantic Council

Sudan registers high number of COVID-19 cases in second wave

“Sudan has registered a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as the country warns of even higher numbers in the second wave. The has registered 2,925 confirmed coronavirus cases with 4,461 suspected cases still awaiting results from the tests.”

via The East African

16,000 deaths in Khartoum highlight Africa’s hidden COVID-19 toll

“Over 16,000 coronavirus deaths in Khartoum have gone unreported, according to research by Imperial College London… just 2% of COVID-19 deaths have been reported, with total deaths thought to number 16,090.”

via African Business Magazine

How to Talk about COVID-19 in Africa

“To ask why more Africans aren’t dying of COVID-19 is to suggest that more Africans should be dying of COVID-19—in a normative rather than a descriptive sense. It exposes the expectation that when the world suffers, Africa must suffer more.”

via Boston Review

COVID-19: The Reality of Equal Access and What It Means For Countries Across the Continent

“As African governments and citizens learn how to cope with COVID-19, experience suggests they will not have equal access to tests and vaccines as others.”

via Development Reimagined

New World Bank Group Country Engagement Note to Support Inclusive and Equitable Growth Path for Sudan

“The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today endorsed a new Country Engagement Note (CEN) for Sudan. The CEN is aimed at supporting the Government of Sudan’s efforts to reform the economy, build a more equitable social contract, and provide a better future for Sudanese people.”

via World Bank