On Let's Talk about Health in Africa Lenias Hwenda takes an in-depth look at the state of public health in African countries through one-on-one conversations and roundtable discussions with leaders and change makers from various sectors of the economy that impacts the health of Africans. Leaders, change makers and ordinary people share their insights, analysis and perspectives to help you make sense of the issues affecting the governance of health in Africa, how they are being tackled, whether this is working and what is needed to close the gap between the status quo and meaningful transformation of the lives of Africans.
Author: Lenias Hwenda
Africa CDC Addis Abbaba: Analysis Based on Covid-19: First 70 days by region.*Comparison of the number of Covid-19 cases reported over the first 70 days since the first case reported in each region. Euro- European region; PAHO- Pan America Health Organisation; EMRO- Esterna Mediterenean; SEARO- South East Asia; WPRO- Western Pacific. *Global numbers taken from the latest WHO SITREP: http://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports. Day 1 for the WPRO region was based on the first reported Covid-19 onset date of 08 December 2019: http://www.who.int/csr/don/12-January-2020-novel-coronavirus-china/en/
Africa’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has received very little global but it is remarkable for the low number of deaths in a region with uniquely susceptible health systems. Adding high case loads of Covid-19 onto Africa´s health systems concurrently dealing with a high burden of infectious and chronic illnesses, malnutrition, inadequate water and sanitation and limited resources2 should have caused rampant death on a scale surpassing anything seen so far in the worst affected countries today.
Blog: Let us Talk about Health in Africa
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