Nigeria’s COVID-19 waste management policy should include the informal sector

23 November 2020, 5:28 AM
About a million waste pickers are estimated to operate in Nigerian cities.
Lesotho urged to engage with SA’s Health Minister for COVID-19 rapid test supplies 22 November 2020, 1:10 PM

South Africa's International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor has urged Lesotho to engage with the country's Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize with regards to the shortage of rapid test supplies for COVID-19.

Nigeria slips into recession, weighed down by COVID-19 and oil prices 21 November 2020, 3:58 PM

Nigeria has slipped into a recession after its gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, according to data released on Saturday which showed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices.

WHO urges greater COVID-19 vigilance in Africa as holidays near 20 November 2020, 10:50 AM

With the end of year approaching and many African families planning get-togethers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases.

Universal basic income helped Kenyans weather COVID-19 – but it’s not a silver bullet 18 November 2020, 1:40 PM

The coronavirus pandemic is having devastating socio-economic effects on people in many parts of the world. Poverty, hunger and malnutrition are increasing; diseases – including polio, measles, and tuberculosis – are surging; and anxiety, depression, and stress are on the rise.

Nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 deaths in the African region linked to diabetes: WHO 17 November 2020, 9:08 AM

The World Health Organization has revealed that 18.3% of COVID-19 deaths in the African region are among people with diabetes, one of the conditions that global studies have found to increase the risk of severe illness and death among patients infected with the virus.

Algerian president ends COVID-19 treatment, to undergo checks 16 November 2020, 4:35 AM

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has finished treatment for COVID-19 but will undergo follow-up checks, the presidency said on Sunday.

Ambrose Dlamini
Eswatini Prime Minister tests positive for COVID-19 15 November 2020, 8:12 PM

The Prime Minister of Eswatini, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, has contracted the coronavirus. In a statement, Dlamini says he is asymptomatic and feeling well but in isolation.

Four doctors and 17 patients succumb to COVID-19 in Kenya 14 November 2020, 9:51 PM

Four doctors in Kenya and 17 patients succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday. The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union, KMPDU, says in the East African nation has lost eight doctors since Friday.

UN in Rwanda has mobilised over 200 million dollars to fight COVID-19 13 November 2020, 4:47 PM

Between March and September 2020, the UN in Rwanda has mobilised more than 200 million dollars to support the government in the fight against COVID-19. 

Strong leadership fought COVID-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research 13 November 2020, 3:47 PM

African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. Though painful, they were a vital part of the successful public health response mounted by many African leaders.

How COVID-proofing the slums upended Kenya’s business culture 12 November 2020, 10:13 AM

Half a million reusable masks, 123 tonnes of soap and 1 750 hand-washing stations. These numbers are music to the ears of business consultant James Irungu Mwangi - telling the story of the efforts he led to protect Kenyan slum-dwellers from COVID-19.

COVID-19 might have reversed the war against a serious parasitic disease 11 November 2020, 2:40 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the clock back by years in the fight against other diseases. It has interrupted research, trials and other efforts to ease the public health burden. A regimen for Parkinson’s disease, for example, was to begin clinical trials this year. But this was postponed because of the pandemic.

Immunisation campaigns suffered in Ghana as a result of the COVID-19: WHO 10 November 2020, 8:43 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) African Office says mass immunisation campaigns and many key health services suffered in Ghana as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Algeria says President Tebboune’s treatment nearing completion 8 November 2020, 7:57 PM

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is about to complete medical treatment and his condition is improving, his office said on Sunday, 13 days after he was flown to hospital in Germany. Authorities last week said Tebboune, 75, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Westvaal Chamber of Business honours health workers in Klerksdorp 8 November 2020, 8:25 AM

The Westvaal Chamber of Business in Klerksdorp, in the North West, has honoured health workers in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District for their selfless dedication in the battle against COVID-19.

As the malaria season begins in southern Africa, COVID-19 complicates the picture 7 November 2020, 5:26 PM

Two of the nine global public health awareness days are associated with malaria: World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April, and World Mosquito Day, which commemorates the discovery by Sir Ronald Ross on 20 August 1897 that Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria parasites to humans.

The ‘science of where’, or GIS, fortified Kenya’s response to COVID-19. Here’s how 7 November 2020, 2:35 PM

The value and potential of geographic information system – or GIS, “the science of where” – has become even more obvious this year as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN says needs $655 million to avert new measles and polio epidemics 6 November 2020, 6:12 PM

Severe disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to immunisation campaigns against measles and polio are putting millions of vulnerable children at risk from deadly and debilitating diseases, United Nations agencies said on Friday.

Kenya extends nightly curfew to January 3 to contain COVID-19 spread 5 November 2020, 10:50 AM

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the country's nightly curfew to January 3 as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 after numbers surged in October.

COVID-19 is spurring health innovation in Africa: WHO study 4 November 2020, 8:56 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has galvanized the development of more than 120 health technology innovations that have been piloted or adopted in Africa, a new World Health Organization (WHO) analysis finds.

Europe to provide Mozambique with $116 million in virus aid 3 November 2020, 4:43 PM

The EU has agreed to provide Mozambique with 100 million euros ($116.30 million) in coronavirus-related aid, EU Ambassador Antonio Sanchez-Benedito Gaspar said on Monday.

Cameroonians are not cooperating with COVID-19 testing: Researcher 30 October 2020, 12:03 PM

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Researcher, Dr Aloysius Mom Njong, says people in Cameroon are not cooperating when it comes to testing for COVID-19.

Africa must prepare for second COVID-19 wave: Experts 29 October 2020, 5:03 PM

Africa must prepare for second COVID-19 wave, disease control group commented on Thursday.

Zimbabweans turn to sex work amid economic crisis and COVID-19 29 October 2020, 6:06 AM

Dressed in a miniskirt and blouse, Esther Kamupunga stood in semi-darkness waiting for men looking for sex - the latest Zimbabwean to lose her job in a deepening economic crisis, worsened by the new coronavirus.

Health expert calls for sustainable health reforms in Africa amid COVID-19 28 October 2020, 9:34 AM

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Researcher, Dr Aloysius Mom Njong, has called for sustainable health reforms in Africa amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Benin boosts COVID-19 response with increased testing 27 October 2020, 9:36 AM

Benin’s first COVID-19 case was diagnosed at the Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Laboratory in the capital Cotonou in March 2020. Then it was the country’s sole facility able to test for the virus. At best it could carry out only 300 tests per day.

Tanzania’s ‘Bulldozer’ president hopes mega-projects will impress voters 26 October 2020, 12:48 PM

When Tanzanian President John Magufuli crisscrossed the country on the campaign trail ahead of Wednesday's elections, he touted the billions of dollars his government has spent on a new hydropower dam, a railway, and a revived national airline.

African leaders urged to take precautions to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections 23 October 2020, 12:02 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union (AU), has urged African leaders to take necessary precautions to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 infections that could lead to a second wave.

African Export Import Bank ready to raise up to $5 bln for COVID-19 vaccines for Africa: John Nkengasong 23 October 2020, 7:46 AM

The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), John Nkengasong, says the African Export Import Bank is ready to raise up to 5-billion dollars to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for African countries.

HIV, TB services interruption could see massive deaths due to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa : UNAIDS 22 October 2020, 2:54 PM

COVID-19 could lead to the deaths of half a million HIV-positive people in Sub-Saharan Africa if interruption to HIV and TB services continue.