An excerpt from an Inside Philanthropy article titled, With a Catastrophe Looming for Africa, Funders Need to Focus on Community-based Responses, by Nina Blackwell, Firelight Foundation:
“It is already becoming evident that COVID 19 is spreading rapidly into Africa, where its impact is likely to be devastating. In many African countries, scarce government resources make for weak healthcare systems, scant human resources in the public health sector, and limited access. For many African countries, the current health burden includes tuberculosis, malaria and cholera, just to name a few. The continent already faces significant challenges of population disparity—with many cities swelling and rural areas remote. And COVID-19 is also hitting Africa as the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues. The population at risk is significant and the possibility of adding another virus is a deeply concerning one.
At this stage, there is no question that the virus will cause deep damage in Africa. The questions are about the full scope and severity, and how societies are left in its wake.”
The Economist covering how Africa ‘is woefully unprepared’ Read HERE
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) cites that Africa will also have advantages in fighting the virus spread: a relatively young population; and, experience fighting infectious disease, including Ebola. Here is their yet to be published review.
World Bank is predicting that sub-Saharan Africa will be entering its first recession in 25 years. Read more HERE
The United Nations has issued a report on the impact of Covid-19 on women and girls:
“The year 2020, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, was intended to be ground-breaking for gender equality. Instead, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic even the limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back. The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.”
Read policy brief HERE
The Malala Fund has released this white paper on the impact of Covid-19 on girls education. Read the white paper HERE.