Funding for COVID-19 treatments: No one is safe until everyone is

“To provide treatments around the world we need $7.2 billion. So far, only $300 million has been pledged – with vaccines already having received around six times more funding than treatments.”

via African Arguments

Should “formalization” be part of the post-COVID-19 economic agenda?

“‘Informality’ is the outcome of systemic dysfunction and trade realities. It is the result of weak market governance, not the cause. Platforms can and often do create marginally better work opportunities for atomized, informal workers. What they do not and cannot do is to fix endemic productivity challenges.”

via African Arguments

Failing to prepare for dignified COVID-19 burials: Disrupted grieving, unnecessary suffering

“My fear is that countries will neglect to plan for how they will manage the dead during a COVID-19 surge. This would lead to preventable and unnecessary suffering for the families of the deceased. Planning is critical not just to save lives but ensure the dead are respectfully handled so families can mourn.”

via African Arguments

COVID-19 in the Deep Rural Areas of Mozambique

“This year an estimated 1.6 million people in Mozambique face severe food insecurity. To make matters worse, business relies on a steady stream of vehicles going down to the capital, Maputo; a stream that has slowed down, almost to a halt. After all, this is the third month of the COVID-19 declared state of emergency.”

via African Arguments

I’m a Zimbabwean doctor. The crisis is even worse than you think.

“The reason they died is because Zimbabwe’s health system is simply not functioning as we speak.”

via African Arguments

Why the Kenya-Tanzania Border Row Undermines Prospective African Free Trade

“The Kenya-Tanzania trade row was occasioned by failure of the two countries to agree on COVID-19 protocols to be followed in the cross-border movement of people and goods. Tanzanian authorities have retaliated against Kenya’s decision to restrict movement between the Kenya-Tanzania border over Coronavirus by forbidding all automobiles and persons from Kenya.”

via African Arguments

Why the attack on civil liberties in Africa is a matter of life and death

“Given that many African governments performed comparatively well in terms of restricting the spread of the virus, one might not expect the pandemic to have increased political pressure on the media. Yet many governments that have taken the disease seriously have also sought to evade scrutiny by undermining press freedom and civil liberties.”

via African Arguments

They survived Ebola. Now they want to teach others to survive COVID-19.

“Communities for whom the devastation of the Ebola outbreak was still fresh feared what might happen if COVID-19 reached their countries.”

via African Arguments

Nigeria: Jumping on the bandwagon is not a COVID-19 strategy

“Nigeria imposed a lockdown when it had few cases, then eased it as they accelerated. More importantly, it did not use the time it bought wisely.”

via African Arguments

Contact Tracing: Learning Lessons from Sierra Leone

“Working with the community, observing what they do, was no luxury in northern Sierra Leone: it was the key to stemming the outbreak.”

via African Arguments