News & Analysis: Medical supplies and PPE

Interview with Prof. Iyeopu Minakiri Siminialayi, Chairman of the University of Port Harcourt COVID-19 Task Force

COVID-19 Africa Watch speaks to Professor Iyeopu Minakiri Siminialayi, Provost, College of Health Sciences & Chairman, University of Port Harcourt COVID-19 Task Force, about mitigation strategies at the local level.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

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

Revealed: Only five counties ready to handle COVID-19 (Kenya)

“An inspection ordered by President Kenyatta ahead of his crisis meeting on the pandemic today has revealed that only five counties, and not 26 as reported by the Council of Governors last week, have set up 300 beds.”

via Daily Nation

WHO to increase COVID-19 testing from 500 up to 1000 a day in Sierra Leone

“The World Health Organization Country Office has secured a grant of €500,000 from the German Technical Cooperation through a strategic partnership to increase COVID-19 testing capacity from 500 up to 1000 tests per day in Sierra Leone.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Coronavirus: Madagascar hospitals ‘overwhelmed’

“Hospitals in Madagascar have warned they are overwhelmed after a spike in coronavirus cases in a country where the president has been promoting a herbal drink to treat the virus.”

via BBC

Interview with Dr. Precious Lunga: Digitalizing Health Services to Bridge Africa’s Access Divide

Dr. Precious Lunga, CEO and Co-Founder of Baobab Circle, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about how closing the healthcare access gap through digitalization.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Designated hospitals too overwhelmed to respond to new COVID-19 cases

“Already the designated national COVID-19 hospitals are overflowing with both ailing and asymptomatic patients… the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral, and Research Hospital (KUTRRH), a 300-bed hospital, which had been transformed to manage Covid-19 patients had only three beds left, while both Infectious Disease Units at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and Mbagathi Hospital unit under KNH, were already full to capacity.”

via Nairobi News

COVID-19 has exposed gaps in critical care in Kenya’s health sector

“Our resilience is being stretched to the limit; bed spaces are diminishing, caregivers are contracting the virus and hospitals are at risk of being overwhelmed. We are tragically unprepared for the deluge of patients with a virus we still cannot cure, even as the curve continues upwards.”

via Tuko

Examining the unintended health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct negative impact on access to non-COVID-19 related healthcare. In May, the Gauteng Provincial Health Department noted that close to 11,000 HIV patients have failed to collect their medicines since the start of the lockdown period.”


South Africa has thousands of potential COVID-19 quarantine hotels. But they’re empty.

“Only a third — 139 out of 438 — of government-approved facilities, where people who may have been exposed to the new coronavirus can quarantine at no cost, have occupied beds.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism