FEATURE: Surviving COVID-19 and fighting stigma in Uganda

28 September 2020, 11:17 AM
When 30-year-old Ugandan entrepreneur Laura Nagasha returned from a holiday in Dubai in March, Uganda was yet to register any confirmed cases of COVID-19, and Dubai was not on the list of high-risk countries for the virus.
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Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic 29 September 2020, 5:20 AM

Africa’s overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the continent in February. The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300 […]

WHO warns Africa of complacency amid coronavirus 26 September 2020, 11:36 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned Africa against being complacent as the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging some countries.

For Ugandan activist, COVID-19 curbs set new hurdle in climate fight 25 September 2020, 6:00 PM

In a run-down residential compound in Kampala, Vanessa Nakate thrusts her fist in the air as she rallies 30 young demonstrators to defend their planet against climate change.

Digital economy to grow in Africa post-COVID-19 25 September 2020, 3:21 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that the African continent's GDP could contract by 3.4% according to the African Development Bank Group.

Committee hopes phase-3 of clinical trials of herbal COVID-19 treatment can start in October 24 September 2020, 8:07 PM

The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 hopes that the phase-3 clinical trials of herbal medicines will begin in October.

‘COVID-19 will inevitably set back Africa’s development aspirations’ 23 September 2020, 12:53 PM

African Union (AU) Chair and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the annual debate of the United Nations General Assembly that COVID-19 will inevitably set back the continent's development aspirations.

President Ramaphosa calls on world leaders to help Africa’s economies to recover from impact of COVID-19 22 September 2020, 8:22 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also Chairperson of the African Union (AU), has used his address to the UN General Assembly, to call on world leaders to help African countries and their developing economies recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Can COVID-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities? 22 September 2020, 5:02 PM

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (COVID-19).

Expert panel endorses protocol for COVID-19 herbal medicine clinical trials 20 September 2020, 12:06 PM

The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission for Social Affairs has endorsed a protocol for phase 3 clinical trials of herbal medicine for COVID-19 as well as a charter and terms of reference for the establishment of a data and safety monitoring board for herbal medicine clinical trials.

The continent needs to a strong health system: WHO Regional Office for Africa 19 September 2020, 9:06 AM

Programme Manager for Emergency Preparedness at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, Dr Ambrose Talisuna says COVID-19 has shown us that there needs to be a strong health system on the continent.

Africa CDC aims to conduct 7 million COVID-19 tests by November 18 September 2020, 1:49 AM

The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says it aims to conduct seven million COVID-19 tests between now and November.

Non-communicable diseases increase risk of dying from COVID-19 in Africa: WHO 16 September 2020, 12:26 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO)says there is increasing evidence that Africans living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes are more likely to suffer severe cases of COVID-19 and die.

Nigerian health workers strike over coronavirus allowance 15 September 2020, 3:10 PM

Nigerian health workers demanding the payment of a hazard allowance for treating coronavirus patients have gone on strike only a week after doctors in Africa’s most populous country staged a walkout.

CDC, FIND partner to build capacity for COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests in Africa 15 September 2020, 10:30 AM

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have announced a new partnership to build capacity in readiness for the introduction of new, high-quality antigen rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for COVID-19 that are anticipated to become available soon.

Moroccan medics protest over conditions, staff shortages as pandemic surges 14 September 2020, 8:07 PM

Working conditions are so bad for some medics in Morocco handling a surging coronavirus outbreak that they have staged protests against inadequate staffing and poorly equipped facilities.

Libyan medics already faced war, now the pandemic is surging there too 14 September 2020, 2:55 PM

As the pandemic started to rage through Libya last month, medics working in the war-ravaged country’s few functioning hospitals faced their nightmare scenario - a surge in cases and dwindling resources.

Africa CDC, WHO step up efforts to find COVID-19 treatment tailored to Africans 13 September 2020, 4:13 PM

he World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) are stepping up efforts to assist in the fight against the virus.

How to hold elections safely and uphold democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic 13 September 2020, 6:42 AM

Free and fair elections face a new kind of threat. In addition to scheming leaders and compromised electoral commissions, there is now the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 genome sequencing laboratory network launches in Africa 11 September 2020, 10:02 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, in Africa.

COVAX is a ground-breaking global COVID-19 vaccine initiative: Dr Moeti 9 September 2020, 12:36 PM

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, says COVAX is a ground-breaking global initiative that will include African countries and ensure they are not left at the back of the queue for COVID-19 vaccines.

Nigerian doctors strike again over benefits amid coronavirus 8 September 2020, 4:05 PM

Nigerian resident doctors began their second strike of the year over pay and working conditions amid the spread of the new coronavirus, the doctors’ union told Reuters on Tuesday.

Germany donates test kits to boost Africa’s COVID-19 battle 8 September 2020, 9:16 AM

The German government has donated 500 000 COVID-19 test kits to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it matters 7 September 2020, 2:29 PM

By the first week of August 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic had caused about 654,000 deaths worldwide. In Nigeria, as of July 28, there were 38,945 confirmed cases recorded with 813 deaths.

Health tech pins hope on Africa’s pandemic shift to online care 7 September 2020, 11:39 AM

When Loveth Metiboba's baby had diarrhoea, she worried that taking him to a clinic near her home in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, might expose them both to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 represents a generational crisis: Africa CDC 5 September 2020, 1:59 PM

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) director Dr. John Nkengasong says that COVID-19 pandemic represents a generational crisis.

Africa CDC can’t explain why COVID-19 has not grown as fast in SA 5 September 2020, 6:10 AM

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention's (Africa CDC) director Dr John Nkengasong says they do not have answers to why the  COVID-19 pandemic has not grown as fast as expected in South Africa.

How pooled testing can increase access to essential laboratory tests in Africa 4 September 2020, 2:39 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic tends to conceal other important health issues. One of these is the global target for reducing HIV infections and increasing access to treatment. Progress is well under way. In 2019, 67% of those living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 85% of pregnant women with HIV were receiving medication to prevent transmission to their babies.

Nigerian authorities cite need for more COVID-19 test sample collections 3 September 2020, 11:39 PM

Nigerian authorities are disturbed by the low level of coronavirus test sample collections, a senior government official said on Thursday.

UNDP rewards organisations in Lesotho for initiatives to mitigate COVID-19 3 September 2020, 9:05 PM

The United Nations Development Partner  (UNDP) in Lesotho has disbursed funds to seven organisations that have come up with outstanding National Response initiatives to mitigate COVID-19.

Africa CDC urges all nations to join WHO’s COVAX vaccine initiative 3 September 2020, 2:25 PM

All nations should join hands in a global effort to procure and distribute potential vaccines against the coronavirus across the globe, the head of Africa’s disease control body said on Thursday.