COVID-19 in Africa: WHO media briefing on 14 May (WEF)

The Forum on Thursday hosted its latest virtual briefing on the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on Africa, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The speakers included:

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

Hon Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda

Chris Nikoi, Regional Director, World Food Programme, West and Central Africa

Dr Michel Yao, WHO Emergency Operations Programme Manager

The webinar session was moderated by:

Adrian Monck, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

No one is safe from the coronavirus until all are safe. That’s why Europe and China must help Africa (SCMP)

  • After the US defunded the WHO, the European Investment Bank has stepped up to help Africa
  • Africa is strategically important to China, and Beijing must realise that times like these require trade-offs between its national goals and the global good

Winston Mok

How COVID-19 will change China and Africa’s economic relationship (WEF)

Children wearing face masks stand listening to their friends outside their shelters, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Liberte 6 Baraka district of Dakar, Senegal May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra - RC2GGG93NMAL

  • China rarely agrees to debt write-offs.
  • African countries are important to China’s long-run development agenda.
  • Debt write-offs may be necessary if both want to benefit from the changed world economy, post-coronavirus.

3 ways COVID-19 could actually spark a better future for Africa (WEF)

A nurse demonstrates how to activate a respirator as the hospital prepares for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Karen hospital near Nairobi, Kenya, April 6, 2020. Picture taken April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner - RC2MJG91OE3H

  • Coronavirus is severely testing Africa’s social, economic and political resilience.
  • COVID-19 is forcing African states to invest in their health systems.
  • A lack of essential healthcare supplies has triggered a debate about the necessary industrialization of Africa.

RIAC Online Conference “The Future of Africa in the Context of Energy Crisis and COVID-19 Pandemic”

On April 29, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held an online conference “The Future of Africa in the Context of Energy Crisis and COVID-19 Pandemic”.


How drones are helping to battle COVID-19 in Africa – and beyond (WEF)

Workers pack a box of vaccines to be delivered by a Zipline drone, in Ghana April 22, 2019. Picture taken April 22, 2019. Zipline drones, supported by Gavi and the UPS Foundation, cut the time taken to deliver lifesaving medical supplies from hours to minutes. Gavi/2019/Tony Noel via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT - RC19DAAD1130

  • A Californian company that delivers vital medical supplies by drone in Rwanda and Ghana is now providing clinics with PPE and coronavirus test samples.
  • The drones can deliver up to 85 km away, and arrive within 30 minutes.
  • A new program will explore similar deliveries in the United States.
  • Drones also used in China and Chile during the COVID-19 outbreak.

How the threat of COVID-19 is affecting people across Africa (WEF)

  • Africa’s swift action to contain COVID-19 has been effective in suppressing transmission so far.
  • There is broad support for stay-at-home orders, but this could weaken easily.
  • 69% of survey respondents said getting enough food and water would be difficult if they had to stay home for 14 days.

Coronavirus en África: ¿la historia de siempre? (CIDOB)

La crisis del coronavirus en África despierta viejos fantasmas sobre la posibilidad de una catástrofe en el continente. Para evitarla, es necesario despojarse de prejuicios arraigados, vislumbrar lecciones y oportunidades y, sobre todo, apostar por la investigación para reducir desigualdades.

Autor:Oriol Puig, investigador, CIDOB