News & Analysis: Health impact

Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19

“Most rich countries have struggled to respond to the outbreak. African ones have fewer medics and less kit. Social distancing is far harder in overcrowded slums. Lockdowns could increase poverty and hunger. Nor do most African countries have the money to tide people and companies over.”

via The Economist

In It Together: Protecting the Health of Africa’s People and their Economies

“Across the region, growth will be hit hard. Precisely how hard is still difficult to say. But it is clear that our growth forecast in April’s regional outlook will be significantly lower. The slowdown will mean revenues take a hit, just as countries face additional public spending needs.”

via IMF

The Global Impact of COVID-19 and Strategies for Mitigation and Suppression

“The world faces a severe and acute public health emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. How individual countries respond in the coming weeks will be critical in influencing the trajectory of national epidemics. Here we combine data on age-specific contact patterns and COVID-19 severity to project the health impact of the pandemic in 202 countries.”

via Imperial College London

The death of a young journalist from coronavirus is blamed on Zimbabwe’s weak health system

“Zimbabwe is mourning the death of a young star TV journalist Zororo Makamba soon after he tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in Harare.”

via Quartz Africa

What a Population’s Age Structure Means for COVID-19’s Impact in Low-Income Countries

“Low-income countries also differ from high-income countries in that they have far fewer elderly citizens, and COVID-19 is not affecting all segments of the population equally. Older individuals are much more likely to be affected… Consider Uganda and Spain, two countries with a similar total population size but with dramatically different age distributions.”

via Center for Global Development

COVID-19 and Africa’s Displacement Crisis

“The high densities of forcibly displaced populations and the mobility of migrants make both groups highly vulnerable to exposure and therefore a priority for reducing the spread of the coronavirus in Africa. This will require informed and efficient policy engagements and public messaging, as well as the tamping down of the stigmatization and fear-based xenophobia toward these groups.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Video: Coronavirus in Africa: How prepared is the continent?

“After originating in Asia, reaching Europe and Northern America, COVID-19 is now quickly spreading across the African continent. The number of confirmed cases in Africa shot past the 2,000 mark, but the true number of cases is mostly unknown as mass testing has not been rolled out. The majority of the continent’s 54 countries have registered infections.”

via DW News

Fighting COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

“March 3 2020 was a significant day for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as the last Ebola patient was discharged from a treatment centre in the north-eastern town of Beni. This was a victory for the country… However, it did not take long until the first person with COVID-19 landed in the capital city, Kinshasa.”

via African Business Magazine

South Africa’s poor face a health and safety quandary as the country goes into coronavirus lockdown

“The country is now preparing to go on lockdown from March 26; however, South Africa’s notorious disparity in living standards could impede the government’s attempts to flatten the curve and avoid a health crisis.”

via Quartz Africa

Safeguarding women’s rights during the COVID-19 shutdown

“As the coronavirus escalates its deadly journey across South Africa, the different effects on women and men are also becoming more apparent. Although men constitute more of those infected, women are much more likely to be the majority of those affected.”

via Mail & Guardian