News & Analysis: Civil society

Zimbabwe soccer national team hit by COVID-19 outbreak

“Zimbabwe’s preparations for the upcoming African Nations Championship (Chan) football tournament in Cameroon have been suspended after nine players tested positive for COVID-19.”

via The East African

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

Mo Ibrahim: Why Africa must emerge more resilient from the COVID-19 crisis

“The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed economies and societies around the world, and in Africa the crisis risks reversing the governance and development successes of the last few decades.”

via Atlantic Council

It’s time to fight COVID-19 fatigue in Africa

“With COVID-19 fatigue growing amid a global surge of COVID-19 cases, it is a perfect time to renew public communications, build on the swell of supportive messages from politicians, celebrities and other people and also to correct misinformation that has crept into social media conversations.”

via Mail & Guardian

Doctors Issue Fresh Demands Over Deaths of Colleagues

“In a press conference, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union called for the Ministry of Health to cater for outstanding bills and compensate families of deceased medics.”


With social spaces still closed, Ugandan youth take the party to road

“Since June 2020 when the government partly lifted a lockdown instituted three months earlier to curb the spread of the coronavirus to allow inland travel and domestic tourism, young people have unusually embraced road trips to far-flung destinations. And they have taken the party with them.”

via The Observer