Saving Eastern Cape from COVID-19 existential threat

“Hospitals around the province are full. Both public and private hospitals are battling an increase in patients and a decrease in staff numbers as COVID-19 takes a deadly toll on overstretched health workers.”

via Daily Maverick

Private lenders need to step up on African debt relief

“The impasse between the G-20 and international financiers has bolstered the position of Chinese lenders, who hold an additional $64 billion of disbursed credits in Africa alone, and who also are pursuing painstaking restructuring talks. Taken together, the position of the Chinese and the financiers could make it harder for African governments to respond to the pandemic.”

via Atlantic Council

Africa needs its own ‘repo’ market

“Many African countries face a vicious cycle: lack of market access due to rising spreads at a time when they need it most and consequently weaker investment and growth potential — in some cases the ugly spectre of downgrades, defaults and debt restructuring may follow. An SPV funded by a major central bank could help break this pernicious pattern and create a virtuous circle for countries with sustainable macroeconomic fundamentals.”

via Financial Times

In epidemics, our health facilities can become hotspots. Here’s what to do about it.

“Health facilities can be prone to outbreaks of both, as well as other infectious diseases because large numbers of sick and vulnerable people usually spend long hours in crowded, poorly ventilated corridors and waiting areas where— ideal conditions for passing bacteria or viruses from one person to the next.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

Food and Leadership: The Scarce Ingredients of Survival during the COVID-19 Crisis in Kenya

“There are many young Kenyans, and many more around the youthful continent of Africa, who without obligation to do so are emerging to offer leadership during this COVID-19 crisis. The Food4Education was founded by Wawira Njiru, a young Kenyan nutritionist and food scientist and the first ever Global Citizen Prize winner because of her work with Food4Education.”

via African Leadership Centre

Our COVID-19 world: how to reintegrate students into universities

“Even though we cannot extricate the post-schooling sector from the prevailing tornado of societal change, a consistent and meaningful educational campaign should be created. This has been a weakness in our response to COVID-19 as a country.”

via Mail & Guardian

Reviving Ethiopia’s press post-pandemic

“Ethiopia’s media outlets have been hit hard by COVID-19 and are in dire need of economic life-support from the government.”

via Ethiopia Insight

Guess Who Outperforms World in Coronavirus Mayhem

“Africa finds itself with fewer COVID-19 cases than other heavily populated regions. Even after testing almost tripled to 1.2 million, the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, said the continent’s percentage is relatively small.”

via Bloomberg

What will the future of COVID-19 testing look like?

“South Africa needs to adopt a more localised and differentiated approach in the next phase of its management of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via Bhekisisa

COVID-19, the Working Class, and the Poor in South Africa

“South Africa is the most unequal country in the world measured in terms of both income and wealth. Inequality in South Africa is deeply racialized, gendered and spatialized. The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening previously cushioned sections of society with what poor and working class individuals and households have always lived through: struggle to access food, quality education and adequate healthcare.”

via African Arguments