What’s Happening in Africa? Govts Reject Lockdown

June 7th, 2020

An Overview of the Impact of Covid-19 on sub-Saharan Africa. Much of the attention on the COVID19 pandemic has focused on Europe, the US and China with the greatest number of deaths in Europe and the USA. However, Africa, the largest continent, has remained relatively Continue reading

Sweden and Tanzania: resisting lockdown

May 20th, 2020

Sweden has stood out as an alternative example of how to deal with COVID19. Instead of imposing a full lockdown, based on the recommendations and mathematical models of experts in the field, they chose a more voluntary form of social distancing, closing large gatherings and protecting the elderly, but otherwise Continue reading

Different Reactions to COVID19 Across Africa

May 9th, 2020

In South Africa, Shabir Madhi, a director at the South African Medical Research Council and professor of vaccinology at the University of Witwatersrand, said the the virus could be with us for a few years. “ We must be clear. This is not a three to six-month project. This is not the 2020 phenomenon. Continue reading

What’s Happening in Tanzania and Kenya

May 8th, 2020

Both countries share a long border in East Africa, with expansive coastlines into the Indian Ocean. They have a similar sized population, between 53-59 million people. Tanzania is approximately ½ as big again as Kenya with large areas of natural preserve. Kenya has a dry, more sparsely populated Continue reading

Lockdown in South Africa Update May 4th

May 4th, 2020

South Africa enacted 5 levels of lockdown in response to the COVID-19 crisis. They have just relaxed it from Level 5 to Level 4 on May 1st, although the joke in South Africa is that it is really Level 4.75. Not much has changed. You can exercise in the morning, but have to be back inside by 9am!! Continue reading