Cautious optimism in South Africa that COVID-19 surge is over

“At the end of July, South Africa hit a peak when it reported 13,944 new cases of COVID-19 in one day. Yesterday, it reported 2,420 new cases. Responders to the pandemic are hopeful that the surge has quelled, but they also warn against complacency.”

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COVID-19: A Conversation with Dr. K.Y. Amoako (VIDEO)

“Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar speaks with K.Y. Amaoko, Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation about the lessons of the last several decades of African development and what lies ahead.”

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Global Fund seeks $5B as money runs out for COVID-19 response

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is running out of funding for its COVID-19 Response Mechanism, and is seeking an additional $5 billion meant to help countries continue their response against COVID-19.”

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COVID-19: A Coffeehouse Conversation on Financial Technology

Africa is at the edge of FinTech innovation and a lack of financial inclusion, and COVID-19 has increased the stakes of getting the policy environment right for increasing access to finance.

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Muddled messaging around COVID-19 complicates response in Tanzania

“Tanzania has not reported a new case of COVID-19 to WHO for two and a half months — the longest gap in reporting from any country in Africa. The count stands at 509 cases and 21 deaths.”

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Crafting a framework for Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine access

“Drastic measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, such as strict lockdowns, are not sustainable on many parts of the African continent because of crowded living conditions and the need to keep economies afloat. That’s why an effective vaccine is one of the best chances African countries have to return to normalcy, experts said this week.”

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Optimized for the underserved: A new diagnostic test built for low-income settings

“On Wednesday, medical diagnostic device company Hemex Health officially launched Gazelle after its sickle cell disease test was given regulatory approval in India and Ghana, with other country registrations pending.”

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World Bank has ‘stretched’ its capacity in coronavirus response, Malpass says

“The World Bank has reached the limit of support it can provide to low- and middle-income countries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, even while acknowledging those nations require more resources than are currently available, the institution’s president said Tuesday.”

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Health workers speak out on the need for better mental health support

“Even outside of a pandemic situation, health workers face tough conditions in their jobs. But the toll this can take on their mental health is rarely discussed, and regular or immediate support is, in many cases, still lacking.”

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Strengthening Africa’s ability to ‘decode’ the coronavirus

“Efforts to strengthen the capacities of African researchers to sequence genomes are underway, working to ensure the clades of SARS-CoV-2 circulating on the continent are integrated into the tools developed to fight the virus.”

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