News & Analysis: Civil society

South African soccer team outbreak tests Tokyo Olympics’ ‘COVID-19-safe’ strategy

“An outbreak of infections among members of the South African men’s soccer team has emerged as the first test of Olympic officials’ strategy of aggressive testing and swift isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus throughout the Tokyo Games.”

via Washington Post

Lessons from COVID-19: What Shouldn’t Stop After the Pandemic

“We can count how many amazing things COVID-19 took away from us, and we can also choose to see what COVID-19 has done for us.”

via COVID HQ Africa

Morocco Bans Eid al-Fitr Prayers Due to COVID-19

“With its ongoing vaccination campaign, Morocco is also intensifying efforts to reach herd immunity by the end of 2022 by vaccinating as many as 33 million people (80% of Morocco’s population).”

via Morocco World News

Building Anticipatory Governance in SADC: Post-COVID-19 Governance Outlook

“Endemic corruption, weak state-society relations, and the stubborn legacies of the colonial project in the region has left a number of SADC member states with fragile, unaccountable and inefficient governance systems, which proved incapable of responding effectively to COVID-19.”

via SAIIA

Kenya suspends flight to India over COVID-19 surge

“Social media platforms were swamped with messages Wednesday that insisted the Health Ministry act following reports that a passenger plane had left India and was headed for the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.”

via Anadolu Agency

Peer-to-peer communication in East and West Africa may help promote COVID-19 policy compliance

“While many countries have adopted top-down approaches to COVID-19 prevention, such as mandating certain health behaviours, our research suggests that peer-to-peer messaging may also be an important way for health behaviours to spread.”

via Africa at LSE

“A short illness?” Why we deserve to know what kills our leaders

“Presidents may not be constitutionally required to report on their health, but the secretive nature of all these deaths robbed countries of timely opportunities for reflection and frank discussions of health and illness.”

via African Arguments

COVID-19 in Africa: Youth at the Fore

“Young volunteers leading COVID-19 campaigns are connecting with and engaging local leaders—women’s groups, teachers, priests, imams, village heads, healers, and elders—in their communities. Together they are devising microsolutions needed to isolate patients, care for the ill, implement social distancing within existing conditions, and support families in distress.”

via African Arguments

Tunisia: Empty streets in Tunis as Ramadan begins

“The city centre of Tunisia’s capital Tunis, lies almost empty before “iftar”, or breaking the fast at sunset on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Tunisian government ahead of Ramadan extended its nighttime curfew by three hours, tightening other restrictions. It followed an uptick of COVID-19 infections.”

via Africa News

Ramadan: Muslims protest curfew in Spanish Africa

“Residents of Ceuta urge government to make exceptions for month of Ramadan, as was case over Christmas.”

via Anadolu Agency