News & Analysis: Health impact

Africa’s most vulnerable countries have few ventilators — or none at all

“The most critical piece of lifesaving equipment of the coronavirus pandemic is in desperately short supply in Africa: According to the World Health Organization, there are fewer than 2,000 ventilators across 41 countries that reported to it.”

via Washington Post

COVID-19 Blog: My visit to coronavirus isolation wards

“The Health ministry had granted us access to the Kenyatta National Hospital Infectious Diseases Unit and the hospital’s satellite Infectious Diseases Unit at Mbagathi hospital. We thought things would be quick but like with everything in government, it took long. We waited for more than an hour to access each unit. When we finally got inside, interviews started almost immediately – the staff giving us a breakdown of what goes on at the facilities and what to expect.”

via Daily Nation

Coronavirus: Africa will be the next epicentre, WHO

“There have been almost 1,000 deaths and almost 19,000 infections across Africa, so far much lower rates than in parts of Europe and the US. The UN Economic Commission for Africa – which warned 300,000 could die – called for a $100bn safety net for the continent, including halting external debt payments.”

via Ghanaian Times

ECA report: Estimates show that over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives due to COVID-19

“Anywhere between 300,000 and 3.3 million African people could lose their lives as a direct result of COVID-19…”

via UNECA

COVID-19: Magufuli declares three days of national prayers

“President Magufuli asked every faithful to pray for the country to overcome COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than two million people globally. Tanzania has not imposed any restrictions on movement or closed its borders but it suspended social gatherings and ordered education institutions shut. But places or worship remain open.”

via The East African

COVID-19: Magufuli declares three days of national prayers

“President Magufuli asked every faithful to pray for the country to overcome COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than two million people globally. Tanzania has not imposed any restrictions on movement or closed its borders but it suspended social gatherings and ordered education institutions shut. But places or worship remain open.”

via The East African

Barriers to mass testing for COVID-19 in Africa

“The need for quick and low-cost tests is immediate and immense. With a population of over one billion, Africa may need fifteen million test kits over the next three months, says Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director John Nkengasong. But, despite efforts by the Africa CDC, which has now trained personnel and provided diagnostic equipment to labs in forty-three African countries, laboratories are still too slow and often understaffed.”

via Atlantic Council

COVID-19: What Africa Can Learn from Africa – Community Care Centres

“In Ebola in Sierra Leone these were known as Community Care Centres (CCCs)…Because the centres and the staff were local, they were more readily trusted by patients and their families than distant and larger Ebola Treatment Centres, around which dark rumours swirled. As a result, cases were reported by family members and tested more promptly, resulting in reduction in community spread of the disease.”

via African Arguments

COVID-19 will get to every state in Nigeria — NCDC

“‘Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, said yesterday that every state of the federation would have its share of coronavirus… ‘Now, COVID-19 is on a much larger scale, at the moment in 22 states, but it will grow to every state in Nigeria, there is no reason it won’t, it is a respiratory virus,’ the NCDC boss said.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

COVID-19: FAO and African Union commit to safeguarding food security amid crisis

“In a joint declaration, they committed to supporting access to food and nutrition for Africa’s most vulnerable; providing Africans with social safety nets; minimizing disruptions to the safe movement and transport of essential people, and to the transport and marketing of goods and services; and keeping borders open on the continent for the food and agriculture trade.”

via Africa Renewal