News & Analysis: Human capital

Interview: Yawa Hansen-Quao on Strengthening Public Service and Civil Society to Build Back Better

Yawa Hansen-Quao, Executive Director of Emerging Public Leaders, discusses the importance of strengthening Africa’s public service and of increasing intra-African collaboration for a stronger post-pandemic recovery.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors president Victor Mithi said they need volunteers, particularly clinicians, nurses, and laboratory personnel that are either not employed or have free time, to work at equivalent grade allowances in COVID-19 centers in central hospital isolation wards and new field hospitals to be set up by the government.”

via Nyasa Times

Interview with Julie Gichuru: Building Community Resilience and Leveraging Storytelling to Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Julie Gichuru about the Mastercard Foundation’s response to COVID-19 in Africa.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Court orders will not stop us, doctors commence strike amid sack threats (Kenya)

“Doctors on Monday officially began their nationwide strike despite warning that they would be sacked. Union officials while addressing members of the press said despite the warning by the government, they are not ready to back down till their demands are met.”

via The Star

Send off: Mogusu laid to rest in Kisii as doctors down tools

“The 28-year-old succumbed to the coronavirus disease and has since become the poster card of the doctors push for improved working environments.”

via The Star

Kenyan doctors announce nationwide strike starting December 21

“The Kenyan health sector is staring at a potential national crisis after talks between government and doctors to suspend the strike hit a snag.”

via Tuko

Doctors set to join healthcare workers’ strike in Kenya

“The doctors will join nurses and other healthcare workers who went on strike last Monday over similar demands, ignoring warnings from government officials that public hospital workers taking part of the protest will be sacked.”

via Anadolu Agency

Two Nigerian laboratories have taken big steps to boost genetics medicine in Africa

“The few African human genomic data we already have were produced out of Africa for Africans. Now we can produce African data in Africa for Africans.”

via Quartz Africa

Doctors Issue Fresh Demands Over Deaths of Colleagues

“In a press conference, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union called for the Ministry of Health to cater for outstanding bills and compensate families of deceased medics.”


Mo Ibrahim: Why Africa must emerge more resilient from the COVID-19 crisis

“Ibrahim warned that 2020 has brought not only the COVID-19 crisis to Africa, but also worrying signs about the state of governance on the continent. He reported that his foundation’s latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance report showed a decline in its measures of good governance for the first time in a decade, even alongside optimism about places such as Sudan that are undergoing democratic revivals.”

via Atlantic Council