Weekly Regional COVID-19 updates – 27 August 2020:

General:

Schools in Africa being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic has many other unintended consequences, including a gender gap, low nutrition, and the risk of children’s future success.

Source: https://reliefweb.int/report/world/who-unicef-urge-safe-school-reopening-africa

Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Source: https://reports.unocha.org/en/country/southern-eastern-africa/

South Africa:

The Daily Maverick followed a community health worker in Mitchells plain to see what a day in the life of a health worker looks like amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-21-we-followed-community-health-worker-katrina-jacobs-for-a-day-its-incredible-what-she-does/

On Friday 21 August, the Gauteng Provincial Command Council gave its latest update on the province’s Covid-19 response as the country went into Level 2 lockdown.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-21-good-news-for-gauteng-with-almost-all-schools-open-and-a-significant-drop-in-covid-19-cases/

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) believes the government’s response to Covid-19 is putting frontline workers at risk and it’s prepared to go on strike to protect its members, even if it disrupts treatment at healthcare facilities.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-21-we-are-dying-nehawu-gears-to-strike-as-frontline-workers-battle-covid-19/

Zambia:


Zambia is hitting the peak of the pandemic.  Yet the government has announced that there will be no lockdown, so as to avoid curtailing the means of survival for ordinary Zambians. This article explores the state of human rights in Zambia’s experience of the pandemic.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-21-covid-19-human-rights-and-zambias-new-normal/

The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported the training of community health workers now helping to ease the burden of COVID-19 in Zambia’s health facilities. The home-based care pioneered in Muchinga province that includes Nakonde has now been adopted across the country’s eight provinces.

Source: https://www.afro.who.int/news/zambias-covid-19-home-based-care-relieves-health-facilities

Madagascar:

Madagascar Country Office: Covid-19 response from UNICEF as of 13 August 2020.

Source: https://reliefweb.int/report/madagascar/madagascar-country-office-covid-19-response-13-august-2020

Madagascar on Thursday said it had fired its health minister as part of a government reshuffle, a move that came a month after he butted heads with the president for seeking outside help for coronavirus.

Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/africa/madagascar-health-minister-fired-after-asking-for-international-help/

Zimbabwe:

The capacity for laboratory diagnosis for COVID-19 at Beitbridge District Hospital has been enhanced, an important place due to its proximity with the border.

Source: https://www.afro.who.int/news/enhancing-capacity-laboratory-diagnosis-covid-19-beitbridge-district-hospital

Zimbabwe Covid-19 situation report as of 24 August 2020 from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Source: https://reports.unocha.org/en/country/zimbabwe/

Democratic Republic of the Congo:

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), under the leadership of President Félix Tshisekedi, has demonstrated its commitment to regional integration in Central Africa. This commitment has been maintained, despite COVID-19.

Source: https://www.accord.org.za/analysis/the-drc-maintains-commitment-to-regional-integration-in-central-africa-despite-covid-19/

Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 in the DRC and the Great Lakes region.

Source: https://www.accord.org.za/analysis/mitigating-the-impacts-of-covid-19-in-the-drc-and-the-great-lakes-region/