News & Analysis: Health workers

Powering Sub-Saharan Africa’s COVID-19 Response – Beyond the Grid

“Through Power Africa and USAID, the United States Government is increasing access to electricity for health centers and communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Improved access to electricity strengthens our partner countries’ self-reliance and capacity to manage COVID-19.”

via USAID

Nurses Call Off Strike Action: Malawi Gov’t Given Up to April 17 to Resolve Grievances

“National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (Nonm) has asked its members to proceed to work normally after assurances by the government to resolve their grievances which include lack of protective equipment and welfare in the wake of coronavirus. The nurses have also demanded government to give them risk allowance of 70 percent of their basic salary, just like doctors.”

via Nyasa Times

Zimbabwe Doctors Sue Government over COVID-19

“This week the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) approached the High Court in Harare to compel the government to provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE) and adequately equip public hospitals to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The court has yet to rule on the matter.”

via Human Rights Watch

Few Doctors, Fewer Ventilators: African Countries Fear They Are Defenseless Against Inevitable Spread of Coronavirus

“As Africans watch rich and powerful nations such as the United States fracture under the strain, they are starting to ask themselves the same question. Like the categories of people most at risk from coronavirus, many sub-Saharan countries share the same underlying conditions that make them even more vulnerable to collapse when an outbreak hits.”

via Time

Powering the COVID-19 Response on Uganda’s Bugala Island

“Through Power Africa and USAID, the United States Government is increasing access to electricity for health centers and communities across Uganda. Improved access to electricity strengthens Uganda’s self-reliance, and capacity to manage COVID-19.”

via USAID

Fragile African health systems face COVID-19 catastrophe

“Virtually all 55 African countries have confirmed cases. These numbers are set to skyrocket as under-resourced public health systems grapple with containing the pandemic. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former health minister of Ethiopia, has implored Africa to wake up to the threat , and noted how the continent is least equipped on its own to combat the pandemic.”

via SAIIA

Zimbabwe Billionaire Offers Fresh Support to Health-Care Workers

“The assistance includes protective clothing, cash, life and health insurance and transport for nurses and doctors. Workers will receive a cash benefit of Z$500 per day in the event they are hospitalized and a lump-sum benefit of Z$50,000 in the event of permanent disability or death from the virus, according to Ecosure General Manager Godwin Mashiri.”

via Bloomberg