Small traders in Sierra Leone and Liberia fear a much less effective response to COVID-19 than Ebola

“While the world rallied around West African nations affected by Ebola in 2014, small traders in Sierra Leone and Liberia fear that the global nature of the COVID-19 crisis will divert much-needed attention and resources away from one of the world’s most vulnerable regions.”

via African Business Magazine

COVID-19: International organisations pledge funds to Africa

“Experts are already saying that the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic will be a lot deeper than during the last global economic shock following the financial crisis of 2008 and will require bolder, rapid and bigger action to avert a prolonged downturn. A number of African and international organisations have already made pledges and offered lines of finance.”

via African Business Magazine

COVID-19: African governments must support the informal sector

“As COVID-19 spreads, the majority of Africa’s population may have no option but to prioritise their economic needs over the health implications of the virus. This is not through ignorance, but because national welfare systems are still developing.”

via African Business Magazine

‘I need to be in the streets so I don’t go hungry’: Zimbabwe’s lockdown tests shaky economy

“Zimbabwe’s 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus started on a relatively calm note with minimal activity in the country’s main city centres, but the risky measure could hurt an economy already battling inflation and citizens working to stave off hunger from a crippling drought.”

via African Business Magazine

Small businesses suffer as Nigeria fears spike in coronavirus

“Amid fears of a spike in coronavirus cases in Africa’s most populous country, small traders and businessmen are struggling to survive due to measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus.”

via African Business Magazine

Fighting COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

“March 3 2020 was a significant day for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as the last Ebola patient was discharged from a treatment centre in the north-eastern town of Beni. This was a victory for the country… However, it did not take long until the first person with COVID-19 landed in the capital city, Kinshasa.”

via African Business Magazine