Seychelles has vaccinated 71% of its population. Why is COVID-19 surging?

“The Seychelles needs to conduct urgent genome sequencing and surveillance to examine the effect of variants of concern and see whether the Indian variant is present. If the South African variant is dominant, the country needs to use a vaccine that works well against it.”

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COVID-19, lockdowns, and vaccines: Why Africa should not copy the West

“At the outset of the pandemic, many in the West claimed that you should always choose to save lives over protecting the economy. In African countries, saving lives involves protecting the economy.”

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“A short illness?” Why we deserve to know what kills our leaders

“Presidents may not be constitutionally required to report on their health, but the secretive nature of all these deaths robbed countries of timely opportunities for reflection and frank discussions of health and illness.”

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COVID-19 in Africa: Youth at the Fore

“Young volunteers leading COVID-19 campaigns are connecting with and engaging local leaders—women’s groups, teachers, priests, imams, village heads, healers, and elders—in their communities. Together they are devising microsolutions needed to isolate patients, care for the ill, implement social distancing within existing conditions, and support families in distress.”

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Africa has a history of vaccine hesitancy, but also of solutions

“Fortunately, there are some positive examples African countries can draw on for inspiration. Nigeria’s use of community knowledge to transform its polio eradication strategy in 2012 offers a clear pathway to engaging communities at all levels – from leaders to traditional healers to families.”

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Ethiopia is an Early Symptom of Africa’s Impending COVID-19 Crises

“Death rates represent only a sliver of the pandemic’s unseen impacts on fragile livelihoods, socioeconomically vulnerable groups like migrants and women, and other efforts at democratisation in the Horn.”

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The dangers of playing politics with COVID-19 cures

“President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar announced that a plant-based tonic, Covid Organics, was an effective treatment for COVID-19. Scepticism over the claim was countered not with rigorous scientific evidence but politicised rhetoric.”

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‘Here they’re safe’: The girls club that emerged when Kenya’s schools closed

“When Kenya’s school closed, many children were left more vulnerable. Some local volunteers took it upon themselves to step in. Workshops have become central to the development of community-driven safe spaces where young girls can convene daily.”

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A Hollow Victory: The Hidden Cost of COVID-19 on Women’s Health in West Africa

“Africa’s low death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic may look like a triumph, but behind the numbers lies a hidden tragedy as the virus impacts women’s access to healthcare.”

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Africa Can Improve Future Health Systems Resilience by Complementing Gaps in Physical Infrastructure with Digital Health Solutions

“Without resilient health systems with adequate health infrastructure, any economic progress African countries make is extremely fragile and unsustainable. Ten months of the COVID-19 pandemic have wiped away an entire decade of economic development resulting in 50 million Africans who will fall below the poverty line of living on $1.5 a day.”

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