News & Analysis: Health impact

Tackling COVID-19 in Nigeria: Health Tech Rising to the Challenge

“What is the role of the private sector in economic growth in Nigeria, especially when it comes to economic recovery and transformation after the pandemic?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Solidarity Fund could continue work beyond lockdown

“South Africa’s most generously endowed local philanthropic fund could continue its work for the foreseeable future. As the country prepares to move to Level 1 of lockdown, some of the Solidarity Fund’s major donors have indicated their desire for the fund to continue operating.”

via Daily Maverick

Zweli Mkhize launches strategy to protect health workers (South Africa)

“A total of 32,429 health workers in South Africa have contracted the coronavirus and 257 have succumbed to the virus. Mkhize’s strategy seeks to promote the mental health of health workers through psychological support and to provide necessary social support.”

via Sunday Times

Ramaphosa: Limited lockdown restrictions remain — threat of devastating second Covid-19 wave looms

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country will enter a ‘new normal’ under Level 1 of the COVID-19 lockdown, beginning on Monday 21 September, which will remove a large number of the social and economic restrictions implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”

via Daily Maverick

Africa’s COVID-19 slow burn: A warning against complacency

“Scientists have warned against complacency, saying that a second wave is possible and that the continent’s health services could still easily be overwhelmed by COVID-19.”

via Daily Maverick

The cost of COVID-19: 25 years of progress, halted

“In nearly every indicator, progress towards the sustainable development goals has halted or reversed this year. Extreme poverty has increased by 7%. Vaccine coverage — a good proxy for the effectiveness of health systems — is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s.”

via Mail & Guardian

Failing to prepare for dignified COVID-19 burials: Disrupted grieving, unnecessary suffering

“My fear is that countries will neglect to plan for how they will manage the dead during a COVID-19 surge. This would lead to preventable and unnecessary suffering for the families of the deceased. Planning is critical not just to save lives but ensure the dead are respectfully handled so families can mourn.”

via African Arguments

Windhoek inmates fear for their safety

“Inmates at Windhoek Correctional Facility fear contracting COVID-19 after four of them, who spent time in a cell with other inmates, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.”

via The Namibian

Curve flattening? Kenya records 48 new virus cases, 176 recoveries

“Kenya on Monday recorded one of the lowest figures in recent months after the Health ministry confirmed 48 new cases of COVID-19. This raised the country’s total to 36,205 from a sample of 1,081 tested in the last 24 hours.”

via The Star (Kenya)

COVID-19: The virus will mostly spare young children; the economic crisis will not

“Although child mortality from the virus itself is low compared to other age groups, the social, economic, and health systems crises it has prompted pose a serious threat to young children’s nutrition, health, and survival in low- and middle-income countries.”