News & Analysis: Civil society

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

President of Sierra Leone’s doctors union condemns government spending on luxurious SUVs

“The president of the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association has criticised the government’s decision to spend much needed cash on luxurious Toyota SUVs, estimated at almost $2 million, instead of buying medicines and PPEs for hospitals.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations

“The report presents a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs, as well as the many ways that they are responding to the crisis while safeguarding their organizations. It also highlights opportunities that emerged from the crisis and crucial challenges which need to be addressed in support of the recovery and sustainability of African CSOs.”

via Epic Africa & AfricanNGOs

These health workers are more likely to die from COVID-19. Unions say not enough is being done to stop it

“Not all hospitals and clinics are taking steps to protect high-risk staff from the new coronavirus, say unions. People aged 50 or older are almost 10 times as likely to die from COVID-19 than otherwise healthy younger people, according to recently released figures from the Western Cape health department.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

Doctors under siege in Sudan

“Hundreds of doctors have temporarily left their positions either because of [COVID-19 related] attacks or in protest over a lack of adequate personal protective equipment to handle COVID-19 cases, according to the committee’s secretary general, Omer Ahmed Salih.”

via Mail & Guardian

‘I get nothing at the end of the day’ – Taxi drivers in South Africa

“Taxi drivers say the constraints implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 have made it near impossible to eke out a living, especially after handing over the lion’s share of their earnings to their bosses. Despite being the backbone of South Africa’s public transport system, taxi drivers like the rest of the country’s informal workforce have been left to fend for themselves.”

via Mail & Guardian

Pandemic policing: South Africa’s most vulnerable face a sharp increase in police-related brutality

“Since South Africa instituted a country-wide lockdown on March 27, the number of violent incidents by police against civilians has reportedly more than doubled, with poor and vulnerable populations most affected.”

via Atlantic Council

The COVID-19 crisis: A key moment to strengthen transparency and accountability in Guinea

Malado Kaba, the former Minister of Economy & Finance of Guinea, writes, “I also believe this crisis is an opportunity, a decision point, a key moment for my country and others to strengthen transparency and accountability.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Egypt to reopen cafes, places of worship, shisha ban stays

“Egypt will partially reopen cafes, restaurants, places of worship, cinemas and sporting clubs on Saturday, relaxing a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli announced.”

via Arab News

Reviving Ethiopia’s press post-pandemic

“Ethiopia’s media outlets have been hit hard by COVID-19 and are in dire need of economic life-support from the government.”

via Ethiopia Insight