Uganda confirms first coronavirus case

“The Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng has confirmed Uganda’s first coronavirus case in a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2.00 am aboard Ethiopian Airlines.”

via The Observer

In Africa, social distancing is a privilege few can afford

“In South Africa – which declared a national state of disaster because of the pandemic last week – the working classes are navigating how to avoid contamination on cramped public transport on their way to meagre-paying jobs that often only help them live hand-to-mouth, while the more affluent classes empty large chain stores to stockpile as much food and toilet paper as they can.”

via Al Jazeera

Anticipating Coronavirus in West Africa

“Nigeria CDC leader Chikwe Ihekweazu discusses outbreak detection, preparedness, response, and COVID-19 in Africa.”

via Think Global Health

This Nigerian doctor might just prevent the next deadly pandemic

“As leader of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu works to protect the nation — and the world — from devastating outbreaks… Many argue that the best hope of mitigating such a catastrophe will come from the capacity of African nations to catch outbreaks early and stem their spread. Ihekweazu had written about this necessity long before it was in vogue — but he never imagined leading the effort himself.”

via Nature

Africa’s rising “unsustainable” debt is driving a wedge between the World Bank and other lenders

“African debt is on the rise, and that fact is causing tensions to spark in unexpected places. Total external debt for sub-Saharan Africa jumped nearly 150% to $583 billion in 2018 from $236 billion 10 years earlier, according to World Bank data. Many now worry the debt load is becoming unsustainable.”

via Quartz Africa

How Africa can quell the next disease outbreaks

“Africa’s ambitious plans to establish free trade and travel across the continent will increase movement even more. Although economically advantageous, these plans could set the stage for HIV, Ebola, pandemic influenza, chikungunya, plague, Lassa fever and antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections to spread farther and faster.”

via Nature

Making the case for African investment in research

“An increased focus on science education and research training could pay enormous dividends that would fuel the continent’s economic engine, while also generating discoveries that improve health.”

via Fogarty International Center

Africa is sitting on a ticking time bomb—$35 billion worth of Eurobond debt

“Many of Eurobonds will mature between 2021 and 2025. It will require sub-Saharan African countries to repay an average of just under $4 billion annually in that period. But they are already currently bleeding a rising total of just over $1.5 billion in annual coupon payments on these Eurobonds.”

via Quartz Africa