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 […]
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned Africa against being complacent as the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging some countries.
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.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant that the African continent's GDP could contract by 3.4% according to the African Development Bank Group.
The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 hopes that the phase-3 clinical trials of herbal medicines will begin in October.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says it aims to conduct seven million COVID-19 tests between now and November.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The German government has donated 500 000 COVID-19 test kits to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
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.
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.
Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) director Dr. John Nkengasong says that COVID-19 pandemic represents a generational crisis.
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.
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 are disturbed by the low level of coronavirus test sample collections, a senior government official said on Thursday.
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.
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.