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.”

via African Arguments

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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How can countries continue to combat malaria during a pandemic?

“Due to disruptions of the delivery of mosquito nets and anti-malarial medicines this year, the WHO has warned that malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could double. In fact, it is possible that disruptions due to COVID-19 will result in more deaths from malaria, TB and HIV than the coronavirus itself.”

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Exposed: Limits of State and Public Trust during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya

“The containment measures and actions have brought into focus the contours of state power, preferred tactics of deploying that power, levels of preparedness, and functionality of the state systems in times of crisis. More importantly, they have exposed the nature of the relationship between the state and citizenry.”

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Provisions for Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign: The State of Cold Chain Infrastructure

“Strategic investment in improving Africa’s cold chain infrastructure for safely distributing COVID-19 vaccine around the continent would fill a public health gap and serve the needs of nations and the people of Africa beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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COVID-19 in Africa: What if there is a second wave?

“African countries should watch developments very closely and seek to access the technology as soon as available, even while the risk of a second wave is not yet fully apparent.”

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Challenges of Securing COVID-19 Vaccines for Africa: Catalyzing Global Support

“Africa is currently pursuing a dual strategy of relying on the Covax facility, the global vaccine allocation plan which accelerates the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world. At the same time, it is also pursuing bilateral negotiations with China, Canada and others to secure additional vaccine stock.”

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