News & Analysis: Civil society

Voting in a pandemic: Lessons for elections in Africa in 2021

“African elections held early on in the pandemic have compelled urgent adaptations and innovations to electoral processes and timelines.”

via Brookings Institution

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.”

via African Arguments

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors president Victor Mithi said they need volunteers, particularly clinicians, nurses, and laboratory personnel that are either not employed or have free time, to work at equivalent grade allowances in COVID-19 centers in central hospital isolation wards and new field hospitals to be set up by the government.”

via Nyasa Times

Police faulted for using violence to enforce COVID-19 measures

“The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation has condemned the Malawi Police for beating up people in markets, depots and on the streets under the guise of enforcing COVID-19 measures.”

via Malawi24

Mombasa sacks 86 doctors including KPMDU boss Mwachonda

“Mombasa county government has sacked dozens of doctors, including KMPDU boss Chibanzi Mwachonda and senior specialists for refusing to return to work.”

via Daily Nation

Interview with Julie Gichuru: Building Community Resilience and Leveraging Storytelling to Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Julie Gichuru about the Mastercard Foundation’s response to COVID-19 in Africa.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Court orders will not stop us, doctors commence strike amid sack threats (Kenya)

“Doctors on Monday officially began their nationwide strike despite warning that they would be sacked. Union officials while addressing members of the press said despite the warning by the government, they are not ready to back down till their demands are met.”

via The Star

Send off: Mogusu laid to rest in Kisii as doctors down tools

“The 28-year-old succumbed to the coronavirus disease and has since become the poster card of the doctors push for improved working environments.”

via The Star

Kenyan doctors announce nationwide strike starting December 21

“The Kenyan health sector is staring at a potential national crisis after talks between government and doctors to suspend the strike hit a snag.”

via Tuko

Doctors set to join healthcare workers’ strike in Kenya

“The doctors will join nurses and other healthcare workers who went on strike last Monday over similar demands, ignoring warnings from government officials that public hospital workers taking part of the protest will be sacked.”

via Anadolu Agency