The voices of children and youth in Tanzania’s COVID-19 response

“Research into the effects of COVID-19 on young people in Tanzania reveals high levels of anxiety about the virus as it relates to relationships, economic livelihoods and the community. The research draws further attention to the need for governments to consider the disease’s wider social and psychological impacts.”

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Observing COVID-19 in Africa through a ‘public authorities’ lens

“To understand the response to COVID-19 in Africa we must look beyond actions taken by formal states. The roles played by various public authorities, operating below the national level, are crucial in shaping the pandemic’s long-term legacy.”

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No COVID-19 lockdown still threatens livelihoods and trade in Malawi

“Rumours about the virus, combined with the economic damage and loss of jobs from its containment, have invited much comment and significant panic among people across the country, and for the people in Chikwawa what they most need is change.”

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COVID-19 in Kakamega county has caused marginalisation and opportunities (Kenya)

“While infection numbers and deaths from the epidemic remain low, COVID-19 prevention measures in Kenya have significantly impacted daily incomes for Kakamega county residents. Disrupted movement and supply chains have had far-reaching repercussions, pushing many deeper into poverty and creating opportunities for others.”

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COVID-19 in the Horn of Africa: Political and Economic Impacts

“COVID-19 has in many ways pushed the political and economic capacities of states and societies in the Horn of Africa to their limits but has in the process also displayed their resilience.”

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Virtual learning under lockdown casts doubt on Kenya as the Silicon Savannah

“Kenya’s reputation as the Silicon Savannah should mean it is well placed to shift its education sector towards effective virtual learning, in place as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 epidemic. But millions of pupils lack access to the required technology, and low-tech solutions remain vital in many areas.”

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Legal tech offers lessons for digital COVID-19 solutions in Africa

“If digital health initiatives focus on coordinating the interaction between these overlapping solutions, challenges and local mechanisms, as so many legal tech companies have, the COVID-19 crisis may offer an opportunity to positively and sustainably reshape Africa’s healthcare landscape.”

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How are the youth stepping up to COVID-19 in Africa?

“While the COVID-19 pandemic will have devastating health and socioeconomic effects across Africa, it offers the opportunity for young people to rewrite the narrative that they are disengaged and apathetic. Young volunteers across the continent are already playing a role in their communities, using their knowledge of technology and global networks to organise and deliver vital information.”

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The politics of food relief in Uganda’s COVID-19 era

“Politicking has played out in food relief. In the early days of the global pandemic, Museveni warned that individuals distributing food would be charged with attempted murder. He argued that such distribution efforts would attract crowds, where the virus could spread.”

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Health: A comparative look at the African region

“As Africa responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries have shifted health agendas and funding to focus on outbreak preparedness and management. However, how has the outbreak impacted pre-existing health concerns? How have responses differed regionally?”

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