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We created a tool to help predict Covid-19 increases in African countries

One of the obstacles if you are trying to guide policy and protect people from Covid-19 is the bewildering amount of data available every day...

By Steven J Schiff, Andrew Geronimo, Claudio Fronterre & Paddy Ssentongo 23 Jul 2021

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Exploring the important lessons about global cooperation in public health

The Covid-19 pandemic was a stark reminder of the role that global public health has for all aspects of our lives and livelihood...

By Wafaie Fawzi, Tang Kun & Alex Taylor 22 Jul 2021

A nurse prepares a dose of the Sinopharm coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at Wilkins Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 24, 2021. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo
Vaccine-starved Namibia receives Sinopharm boost

Namibia received a boost on Friday with the arrival of 250,000 Sinopharm doses bought from China, after its Covid-19 inoculation programme was halted by a lack of vaccines...

19 Jul 2021

Funeral workers wearing personal protective equipment carry a casket during the burial of a Covid-19 victim, amid a nationwide coronavirus disease (Covid-19) lockdown, at the Olifantsvlei cemetery, south-west of Joburg, South Africa 6 January, 2021. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
Covid-19 deaths in Africa surge 43% week-on-week, WHO says

Africa recorded a 43% jump in Covid-19 deaths last week as infections and hospital admissions have risen and countries face shortages of oxygen and intensive-care beds...

16 Jul 2021

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How to revive African tourism after the Covid-19 pandemic

Even though parts of the global tourism sector have started recovering from Covid-19 restrictions, tourists may still feel that home is safer than abroad. This can be beneficial for domestic tourism...

14 Jul 2021

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Latest data from Lusaka morgue analysis shows spike in Covid-19 deaths

Understanding the epidemiology of infectious diseases often rests heavily on the local resources available to conduct surveillance work...

By Christopher J Gill 12 Jul 2021

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Africa to start receiving US Covid-19 vaccine doses next week

The United States will begin shipping the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines it has donated to Africa from this weekend, a special envoy of the African Union said...

1 Jul 2021

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Africa has few vaccines: Here's what can still be done to minimise the impact of Covid-19

The abrupt arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world, creating havoc for economies and social fabrics and taking heavy tolls on lives and livelihoods...

By Deoraj Caussy 30 Jun 2021

African Union president and president of Congo Democratic Republic Felix Tshisekedi speaks during a joint news conference at the end of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris, France May 18, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via Reurters//File Photo
Congo caps public gatherings as third Covid-19 wave builds

The Democratic Republic of Congo will limit public gatherings to 20 people and close nightclubs as the country grapples with a third wave of Covid-19, President Felix Tshisekedi said on Tuesday...

15 Jun 2021

Covax is failing to halt the Covid-19 pandemic: here's why, and how to fix it
Covax is failing to halt the Covid-19 pandemic: here's why, and how to fix it

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently called for an accelerated global effort to distribute vaccines to end the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Monica de Bolle 9 Jun 2021

The Lancet has published the results of an analysis of how critically ill Covid-19 patients did at 64 hospitals in Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, and South Africa. Illustration: Lisa Nelson
Africa has a higher death rate among critically ill Covid-19 patients than anywhere else

Death rates among adults in the 30 days after being admitted to critical care with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 was considerably higher (48%) in 10 African countries, compared to the global average of 31.5%...

By Elsabé Brits 21 May 2021

Should we vaccinate all returned travellers in hotel quarantine? It's no magic fix but it could reduce risks
Should we vaccinate all returned travellers in hotel quarantine? It's no magic fix but it could reduce risks

You only have to prevent one case, which could have otherwise led to community spread and lockdown, for such a scheme to pay for itself many times over...

13 May 2021

Sudanese search for oxygen cylinders as Covid third wave swells
Sudanese search for oxygen cylinders as Covid third wave swells

Sudan is struggling to provide hospital beds, drugs and medical oxygen to Covid-19 patients hit by a third wave of infections that is straining the country's patchy healthcare system beyond what it can cope with...

By Khalid Abdelaziz 11 May 2021

Family members of Covid-19 infected patients stand in a queue with empty oxygen cylinders outside the oxygen filling centre in New Delhi, India. Photo by Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
It's possible to build stronger systems to deliver oxygen: here's what it takes

Covid-19 pneumonia creates breathing difficulties leading to low blood oxygen levels (hypoxaemia). Unable to get enough oxygen to supply vital organs, patients with hypoxaemia are at very high risk of death...

By Hamish Graham & Adegoke Falade 10 May 2021

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Ghana's Covid-19 vaccine rollout is struggling to keep up with its great start

Ghana became the first country globally to receive a vaccine shipment from the Covax facility...

By Godfred Boafo 29 Apr 2021

Post-pandemic travel: The trends we'll see when the world opens up again
Post-pandemic travel: The trends we'll see when the world opens up again

After lockdowns and bans on flying, tourists will have high expectations and demands.

By Katerina Antoniou 13 Apr 2021

A healthcare worker administers an Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to her colleague at Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi. Kenya on March 3, 2021. Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Kenya's Covid-19 vaccine rollout has got off to a slow start: the gaps, and how to fix them

Kenya has started the first phase of its Covid-19 vaccination strategy. This was made possible by the delivery of just over one million AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in two batches...

By Catherine Kyobutungi 9 Apr 2021

Music festivals will be very different in summer 2021 - here's what to expect
Music festivals will be very different in summer 2021 - here's what to expect

Live events are set to make a welcome return as the UK moves out of lockdown in the coming months. Parklife and Wireless are the latest events to confirm that they will go ahead this year, both for September, in Manchester and London respectively. Wireless has yet to announce artists, but Parklife's bill includes rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Dave, and electronic stars Disclosure.

By Nick Davies & Daniel Baxter 7 Apr 2021

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Social media users in Kenya and South Africa trust science, but still share Covid-19 hoaxes

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to widespread disinformation circulating on social media globally. This includes false information about the virus, its origins and possible cures for the disease it causes...

By Herman Wasserman & Dani Madrid-Morales 7 Apr 2021

Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
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'Frugal design' brings medical innovations to communities that lack resources during the pandemic

Dr Msandeni Chiume Kayuni found herself in the middle of a supply crisis as Covid-19 spread to Africa in April 2020...

By Rebecca Richards-Kortum & Theresa Mkandawire 31 Mar 2021

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Interested in vaccine rollouts across Africa? Here's a map to guide you

Most developed countries are in the advanced stages of Covid-19 vaccination rollouts. But a large number of developing countries, including most across Africa, are still at the early stages, mainly due to a shortage of shots...

By Benjamin Kagina 18 Mar 2021

Dr Cyprian Ngong, a staff member of National Hospital, Abuja, receives Covid-19 vaccine. Adam Abu-basha/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Nigeria at sixes and sevens on Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Nigeria has started to vaccinate people after receiving its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines. Virologist and senior research fellow Dr Solomon Bakarey provides some insights on how the country should go about the rollout plan...

By Solomon Bakarey 15 Mar 2021

Vaccine passports may be on the way - but are they a reason for hope or a cause for concern?
Vaccine passports may be on the way - but are they a reason for hope or a cause for concern?

The pandemic has exposed inequalities in society. There is concern that tying freedoms to vaccinations may further disadvantage vulnerable groups...

By Yara M. Asi 15 Mar 2021

Kenya’s health minister Mutahi Kagwe next to the country’s first batch of Covid-19 vaccines at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. EPA-EFE/Daniel Irungu
The ins and outs of Kenya's Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan

With the arrival of vaccines in the country, Kenya is set to begin its Covid-19 vaccination roll-out...

By Catherine Kyobutungi 8 Mar 2021

Fighting HIV and Aids in times of Covid-19
Fighting HIV and Aids in times of Covid-19

World Aids Day is marked on 1st December every year to raise awareness about the disease. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) is the UN entity tasked with fighting HIV infections, discrimination and Aids-related deaths...

31 Dec 2020

Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa
Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa

Professor Ralph Hamann from UCT's Graduate School of Business is among a group of researchers analysing the initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa...

24 Dec 2020

Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means
Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means

Whether or not a person with COVID-19 develops severe disease depends a lot on how their immune system reacts to the coronavirus...

By Rebecca Aicheler 17 Dec 2020

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Where Covid-19 has left Nigeria's health system

Over nine months into Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the pandemic....

By Adejuwon Soyinka 14 Dec 2020

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Health digitises Covid-19 screening at ports

The Health Department will launch the Covid SA travel system, a digital screening platform that allows travellers to complete the required travel health questionnaire on their personal devices ahead of their arrival at ports of entry...

10 Dec 2020

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Covid-19 vaccine trials in Africa: what's promising, and what's problematic

Scientists are working around the clock to develop and test vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of Covid-19...

By Benjamin Kagina 2 Dec 2020



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