News & Analysis: Medical supplies and PPE

Not waiting for a savior

“The picture of how successfully Africa has combated COVID-19 to date may be up for discussion, but the innovation and ingenuity demonstrated in the continent’s response to the pandemic deserves to be reflected in writing on the global response.”

via Africa is a Country

Africa needs urgent investment in coronavirus treatments

“Investment in equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests should not be seen by wealthy nations as a charitable donation, but rather an essential investment to ensure that everyone is protected. To provide treatments around the world we need $7.2bn. So far, only $300m has been pledged “

via African Business Magazine

Funding for COVID-19 treatments: No one is safe until everyone is

“To provide treatments around the world we need $7.2 billion. So far, only $300 million has been pledged – with vaccines already having received around six times more funding than treatments.”

via African Arguments

Stung by the pandemic, Ethiopia boosts health budget 46%, PM says

“Ethiopia has raised its health budget by 46% this year after the coronavirus crisis exposed the need for more equipment, facilities and personnel, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.”

via Reuters

COVID-19 is showing us how to improve health systems—sometimes by disrupting them

“Amidst all of the tragedy this pandemic has unleashed, something else is happening, too: By forcing governments and others to really look at health systems, it’s revealing opportunities for change.”

via Gates Foundation

Gauteng Premier David Makhura fires embattled Health MEC Bandile Masuku

“Gauteng Premier David Makhura has decided to remove embattled Health MEC Bandile Masuku. Two sources close to the matter said Makhura was ‘left without a choice’ and had to take action against Masuku, given the allegations of impropriety against him.”

via News24

COVID-19 in Ethiopia: No care for the caregivers

“COVID-19 has brought an unprecedented strain on Ethiopia’s already frail healthcare system and the workers in it. The federal ministry of health has made some efforts to tackle some of the very common challenges related to the pandemic. However, healthcare professionals still complain of a shortage of PPE among many other things.”

via Addis Standard

Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 with First Hand Sanitizers Made in Chad

“Since spring 2020, it has become virtually impossible to find frontline protective products against the virus: gloves, face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer. This situation prompted Chad to launch its first ever production of these precious flasks.”

via World Bank

Four big hospitals in Gauteng fail to observe COVID-19 health protocols

“Gauteng has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in the country. Given the province’s multibillion-rand personal protective equipment bill, its hospitals should be better equipped to contain the pandemic. However, many provincial hospitals, simply do not adhere to the safety standards that are essential to minimise and prevent the spread of the virus.”

via Mail & Guardian

Emergency hospital: Gauteng’s potential R500-million albatross

“A state medical professional with an insider’s understanding of the Gauteng hospital network described the expenditure as a ‘frenzy,’ adding that medical professionals were sidelined in initial discussions. ‘The prices are a total rip off, and they are still buying.'”

via Mail & Guardian