The COVID19 pandemic marks an unprecedented time in modern history that will require the best of humanity to overcome. In Africa, the primary strategy for COVID-19 will be to limit transmission and minimise harm.Given that transmission throughout the continent is inevitable, delaying and diminishing the peak of outbreaks can help health systems better manage the surge of patients and communities better adapt to the disruption of social, cultural, and economic activities.

Limiting transmission and minimizing harm from COVID-19 will require an all-of-government approach. Social unrest could result from healthcare facilities having insufficient capacity, stock-outs of essential food, medications, or other supplies, and resistance to social distancing policies that limit work, school, cultural events, and/or religious practice. Despite WHO guidance to keep borders open to people and commodities, travel and trade restrictions have become widespread since mid-January 2020. In Africa, similar closures could have devastating impacts on health, economies, and social stability in many African countries which depend on trade with neighbours and non-African countries.

Ahead of the expected surge in cases of COVID-19 in Africa, the African Union and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a public-private partnership with the AfroChampions Initiative, known as the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund, a financial instrument to mobilise and manage funds from the private sector in Africa, and other well-wishers with the support of several African banks. The Fund will operate under the supervision of the African Union through its public health institution Africa CDC, which will determine priority interventions and actions.

Priority actions will include the purchase and distribution of key equipment for diagnosis, treatment and protection of caregivers, as well as implementing a broad awareness campaign on prevention among African populations.

In addition to medical response, part of the funds raised will be allocated for supporting the most fragile communities, in the least developed African countries, whose socio-economic activities have been impacted significantly by measures taken to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

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“While we continue to welcome expertise and feedback from regions already engaged in the fight against the coronavirus, we must also establish an autonomous strike force. Other regions in the world are already paying a heavy tribute to Covid 19 and their support will be limited. Therefore African money and African expertise must be mobilized.” 

H.E. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, Chairperson of the African Union


Prevent Transmission

  • Educating the masses on the importance the necessary measures to prevent transmission; local language support will be key
  • Obtain additional test kits to increase the number of people being tested
  • Procure through increased local manufacturing of personal protective equipment

Prevent Mortality

  • Establishing a strong critical care process to save complications
  • Finding a cure/vaccine or an effective treatment (ARV)
  • Ensuring the masses have access to essential supplies and services to prevent deaths from other causes during the pandemic (breakdown of supply chains etc)

Prevent Social Harm

  • Reducing impact of economic decline and rebuilding for the future ( Rebound Africa Strategy)
  • Preventing poverty from increasing through provision of essentials


Dr. Bertha Serwa_7
impulse africa
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