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Ebola: Impact and Lessons for West Africa

The Mano river basin has now become the epicentre of West Africa’s Ebola pandemic. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the countries worst hit by the virus that has claimed the lives of more than 5000 people. Other countries with Ebola cases are Ni…

Unravelling HIV/AIDS - Related Stigma

Since the onset of HIV two decades ago, millions of people have been infected. In the absence of effective treatment and care, these too will join the ranks of many more millions of people who have died of AIDS. With such a serious threat to mankind…

Indigenous Approaches to the HIV/AIDS Scourge in Uganda

"The management of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses using existing drugs is very costly especially for poor households. This study has focused on the role of traditional herbalists in the management and prevention of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses in Uganda.…

Why is South Africa struggling to get to grips with the AIDS Crisis?

"Some of the key issues discussed were among other : Why had President Thabo Mbeki cast doubt on whether HIV caused AIDS? What was the government’s stance on the use of antiretrovirals, particularly AZT? Why had foreign scientists representing an un…

Meeting the Global Challenge of HIV/AIDS- Why the United States Should Act Quickly

More people have died from HIV/AIDS over the last twenty years than from any other disease in human history. The devastation caused by the epidemic poses a clear and direct challenge to long-term U.S. economic and security interests. AIDS is devasta…

Corporate Social Responsibility: The New Social Contract

In April 2001, "Big Pharma" threw in the towel. Four years earlier, some 40 international drug companies had filed suit to block implementation of a law in South Africa that would allow the government to manufacture or import affordable generic vers…

The AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa gains momentum

Aids took some time to reach Southern Africa. It seemed to be confined to the countries of Central Africa and the homosexual population of the west. In South Africa up to 1990 most of the aids cases were in the gay community however the numbers for …

Shifting Security Challenges in the China-Africa Relationship

"China’s involvement in African security has deepened in recent years, with growing multilateral engagements with the AU and the UN. China is also taking several measures to deal with non-traditional security threats – mainly issues of survival ari…

The Impact of AIDS on Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

In this paper, a simple general equilibrium model is developed to capture the impact of AIDS on economic development. To this end, a benchmark model due to Cuddington and Hancock (1994) is extended in various directions. In particular, the sharply d…

Peace and Security Council Report No.123: Special Focus: COVID-19 in Africa

The first article in this report on pages 2 to 4 is titled: The African Union’s structures and mechanisms put to the test - Since the outbreak of the coronavirus at the beginning of the year, the African Union (AU) has been active in coordinating re…

COVID-19 in Somalia: A Public Health Emergency in an Electoral Minefield

With one of Africa’s most fragile health care systems, millions of internally displaced people and a bureaucracy still recovering from state collapse and civil war, Somalia might be less prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic than almost any other count…

Establishing a Risk Profile of Socio-economic Vulnerability in South Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic using GGA Survey data (2017-2019)

To assist with the emergency response to COVID-19, Good Governance Africa (GGA) has compiled a socio-economic profile of vulnerability of the average South African citizen encountered in our work, based on aggregated data from research that we have …

Patrolling during a Pandemic: Recommendations to the South African Police Service and South African National Defence Force during the COVID-19 Deployment

On 5 March, 2020, the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in South Africa. On 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster and announced a series of immediate measures to m…

Coronavirus and Temperature

The COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus, is the most serious health crisis since the Spanish flu of 1918, which is estimated to have killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide. By the latest count (March 29), the dise…

Cushioning Local Governments from the Impact of COVID-19

Urbanization is a global trend and has largely been a positive force for economic growth, poverty reduction and human development. Urbanization is understood as a population shift from rural to urban areas, it is the gradual increase in the propor…

Africa’s growing risk of diseases that spread from animals to people

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rude awakening to many who believed the era of infectious disease was over. In this post, Bernard Bett, Delia Randolph and John McDermott argue that not only are pandemics not over, they may be i…

Flattening the curve of global emissions?

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly led to unprecedented global action to contain the spread of the disease. These drastic measures of reducing human contact impede large parts of economic activity and transport. The measures lead to temporary emissio…

COVID-19: A race against time to avert disaster in West Africa

The days when COVID-19 was but a distant threat to West Africa are over. It is now clear that the virus is here to stay: with the exception of South Africa, the region is the hardest hit in sub-Saharan Africa. Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ghana, the Ivory …

Managing the politics of Ethiopia’s COVID-19 crisis

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ethiopia has delayed elections slated for August and declared a state of emergency. Authorities should now consult with the opposition on how to manage the period ahead in order to smooth the country’s stuttering transi…

COVID-19: Geolocation tracking fuels concerns around privacy and data protection

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are encouraging their residents to stay at home – some by request, others by force. But physical lockdowns are a blunt instrument to smother the spread of the novel coronavirus that ha…

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