News & Analysis: Health impact

COVID-19 Emergency & Lockdown: What went wrong and what will it take to fix it?

“South Africa is at a crossroads. All of the strengths we have as a society, which could and should have been mobilised against COVID-19 still exist. There is still an enormous reservoir of solidarity, resources and ideas. We can still save lives, rebuild livelihoods, push back COVID-19 and birth a better society.”

via Daily Maverick

Tracking Africa’s coronavirus cases

“Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak.”

via Al Jazeera

People in rural communities urged to take COVID-19 seriously (Ghana)

“People living in rural communities have been urged to take the outbreak of the coronavirus seriously and adhere strictly to all preventive protocols to stay safe from the virus.”

via Business Ghana

COVID-19 Surfaces New Directions for Old Challenges: Three Lasting Ways to Improve Global Health Procurement

“Procurement challenges in the context of COVID-19 range from disruptions to sourcing active pharmaceutical ingredients, export restrictions, and transport interruptions to quality assurance issues, reduced household income to cover out of pocket spending, and domestic financing pressures amidst uncertainty in the future of health aid.”

via Center for Global Development

Governors must stop monkey business if we are to win COVID-19 war

“In his latest address on the COVID-19 pandemic this week, President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated the clarion call to Kenyans to exercise individual and collective civic responsibility if we are to avert the catastrophe in the country.”

via Tuko

How COVID-19 is changing death

“From grandmothers to gravediggers, the sudden, suffocating deaths of the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting people in all sectors of South African society. Here’s one Cape Town family’s story of life after death.”

via Daily Maverick

Kenya’s president Kenyatta extends nationwide curfew to curb COVID-19 spread

“Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday he had extended a nationwide curfew for another 30 days and banned alcohol sales in restaurants to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

via Reuters

The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Governance, Peace, and Security in the Horn of Africa

“COVID-19-related containment measures—together with the global recession, lower oil prices and damage to agriculture from locusts and flooding—are increasing poverty levels and jeopardizing livelihoods.”

via African Union and UNDP

How clinic closures disrupt health services in Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

“The temporary closure of clinics in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro whenever a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 has disrupted healthcare services at many of the clinics and at least two hospitals. This often means patients, mostly women, children and the elderly, are left stranded because they rarely have the means to go to a different clinic further away.”

via Daily Maverick

COVID-19 kills 210 Health workers in Nigeria

“Over 10,000 health workers across Africa have tested positive for COVID-19, while 200 Nigerian health workers and 10 Nigerian doctors have been killed by the disease, a medical expert, Dr Abubakar Danladi, has said.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)