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Better but not Good Enough? How Africans see the Delivery of Public Services

Africa has long been characterized as a continent of strong societies and weak states. This image suggests that, compared to an informal sector rich in networks of self-help, mutual aid, and private entrepreneurship, public sector institutions are i…

Cyclones add to Mozambique's Public Health Challenges / Ciclones aumentam os desafios de saúde pública em Moçambique

After two cyclones leaving death and devastation in their wake, Mozambique faces a post-disaster danger – cholera. While endemic to Mozambique, cholera infections skyrocketed after the recent storms, leading the Ministry of Health and international …

In Togo, Inadequate Health Services Feed Growing Dissatisfaction with Government Performance

Despite significant gains on basic health indicators, Togo’s health system remains fragile. Periodic disruptions became particularly trying for the public during a 2018 strike when even essential services were unavailable. Striking health-care worke…

Sierra Leoneans say Health Care Hard to Access, Beset with Corruption - Especially for the Poor

A decade-long civil war (1991-2002) and a 2014 Ebola outbreak left Sierra Leone’s healthcare system in a poor state, including inadequate infrastructure and staff. With 1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births recorded in 2017, Sierra Leone has one of t…

Ghanaians' Acceptance of Security-related Restrictions Faces Test with COVID-19 Lockdown

Effective Monday, 30 March, parts of Greater Accra and Ashanti regions – the areas of Ghana most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – were placed on lockdown, in accordance with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s announcement in his fourth address to the na…

Even Before COVID-19, More than Half of Africans Experienced Lack of Needed Health Care

More than half of all Africans go without needed medical care at least once in a given year, a new analysis of Afrobarometer survey data shows. Across the continent, citizens identify health as the second-most-important national problem they want th…

Trusted and Influential: Religious and Traditional Leaders can be Assets in COVID-19 Fight

In late March, the Ghanaian government locked down parts of the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and deployed security personnel to enforce the restrictions. In announcing the measures, President Nana Akufo-Addo sai…

COVID-19 Lockdown in South Africa Highlights Unequal Access to Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressures on governments, economies, and families, posing what many observers consider the largest global peace-time challenge since the Great Depression a century ago. In South Africa, the government m…

Les Ivoiriens demandent des Efforts Intensifiés pour Améliorer les Services de Santé / Ivorians call for Intensified Efforts to Improve Health Services

The year 2019 will have been marked by the implementation of major projects having to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable populations. Among these, the generalization of universal health coverage (CMU) with the start of the contribution…

In Zimbabwe, Weak Water and Health Systems Heighten Vulnerabilities during COVID-19 Crisis

Like much of the rest of the world, Zimbabwe has confronted the COVID-19 pandemic with stay-at-home orders and advice to practice social distancing and frequent handwashing, hoping to prevent a wave of infections that would overwhelm the national he…

In Angola's COVID 19 Fight, Trusted Religious and Traditional Leaders, Military can be Allies

As Angola continues under a “situation of public calamity” to limit the spread of the coronavirus, reliable information remains an essential tool in the fight to protect the country. Despite early lockdowns, the number of confirmed infections in the…

Liberians Laud Government's COVID-19 Response but Claim Unfair Distribution of Relief Assistance

Liberia has won international praise for its response to the coronavirus. Perhaps drawing on its experience with the Ebola pandemic, the government moved early with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including screening at airports and a Sp…

Les Béninois Approuvent la Réponse Gouvernementale à la Pandémie de COVID-19 Mais Souhaitent une Assistance Plutôt Équitable / Beninese approve of Government Response to COVID-19 Pandemic but want more Equitable Assistance.

Since March 2020, the Beninese government has taken measures to avoid the spreading of the coronavirus. These measures, which are preventive in nature, consist of quarantining travelers or people who have been exposed to the risk of contamination, a…

Mauritians Praise Government's COVID-19 Response but Suspect Corruption, Distrust Politicians

The day after Mauritius recorded its first three cases of coronavirus in March 2020, the government closed the country’s borders and announced a nationwide lockdown. Schools were closed, public transport services were limited, private vehicles were …

La COVID-19 au Togo: Les Citoyens sont Satisfaits de la Réponse du Gouvernement mais Sceptiques quant aux Vaccins / The COVID-19 in Togo: Citizens are Satisfied with the Government's Response but Sceptical about Vaccines

Togo confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 6, 2020 and has since recorded 6,933 cases with 85 deaths. To control the spread of the coronavirus on its soil, the Togolese government has taken a battery of security, health, social and economic …

Les Sénégalais Approuvent la Réponse Gouvernementale à la Pandémie de COVID-19 mais Restent Sceptiques vis-à-vis des Vaccins / Senegalese Approve of Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic but Remain Sceptical of Vaccines

The outbreak of COVID-19 in China in late 2019 has had significant health and socio-economic consequences in Senegal and around the world. To contain the shock of the health crisis, the State of Senegal has adopted a resilience plan. This plan inclu…

Zambians Approve of Government's COVID-19 Response Despite Questions about Aid, Vaccines

Zambia recorded its first COVID-19 case on 18 March 2020. A week later, President Edgar Lungu closed all schools and universities, restaurants (except on a take-away basis), nightclubs, cinemas, and gyms; limited public gatherings to less than 50 pe…

Who Wants COVID-19 Vaccination? In 5 West African Countries, Hesitancy is High, Trust Low

Although Africa has so far been spared the massive COVID-19 death tolls experienced in some other regions, health officials are urgently advising African leaders to launch mass vaccination campaigns. The World Health Organization reports that countr…

COVID-19 Impact? Ugandans Grow More Discontent with Economic and Living Conditions

Since its outbreak in December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major negative effect on almost every country's economy, as well as the global economy as a whole. Uganda's economy has been hit hard. Its real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by…

Les Nigériens Font plus Confiance aux Prières Qu’aux Vaccins pour Prévenir la COVID-19 / Nigerians Trust Prayers More than Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19

Niger recorded its first case of COVID-19 on 19 March 2020. However, the authorities have taken a series of measures to deal with the consequences of this pandemic, declaring a state of health emergency throughout the country (until 11 July) and clo…

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