“We are only as strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world.”

– UN Secretary-General António Guterres

 

COVID-19 and Africa

  • Africa carries 23 percent of the global disease burden but only accounts for 1 percent of global health expenditure.
  • Even with hundreds of thousands of deaths each year from Malaria, HIV/Aids and TB, the continent has never experienced a crisis on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The numbers are on the rise. Although COVID-19 was slow to reach Africa, more than 5,000 cases have been confirmed and 500 deaths have been recorded since the first full week in April.
  • “The risk of major interruptions to food supplies over the coming months is growing, especially for low-income net-food-importing countries, many of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.”
  • Africa needs an emergency $100 billion economic stimulus. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa estimates that $100 billion will bolster preventative measures and support its fragile healthcare systems. Half of the funds could come from waiving interest payments to multilateral institutions.

South Sudan only has four ventilators and 24 ICU beds for a population of 12 million people.

 

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