Here we attempt to bring together all the information, resources and updates being provided by all the African networks and pan-African organisations who work in health research. The aim is to make it as easy as possible to find the right information, support and guidance, by connecting all the African initiatives together and making all the sources of reliable information and tools both accessible and discoverable.
The African region has shifted from Coronavirus outbreak preparedness to COVID-19 response, from the time the first case was reported in China in January 2020 to the first reported case in Africa on the 15th February in Egypt. The virus spread insidiously to the second case in Algeria on 25th February then to the third case in Nigeria on 28th February. All initial cases in Africa were imported via foreign nationals who arrived from different Coronavirus epicenters around the globe. Africa was still in the window period by the time Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic on 11th March 2020. The phase has evolved through post-Coronavirus readiness to COVID-19 response phase, where Africa stands currently.
By 13th May 2020, all 57 African nations had confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number of confirmed cases has risen to more than 80 000 and caused more than 2500 deaths. The top-ten countries with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases as at the first week of May 2020 included South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Nigeria, and Democratic Republic of Congo. The countries with the fewest confirmed COVID-19 included Eritrea, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Burundi, Gambia, Namibia, Seychelles, Mauritania, and Comoros (Lesotho had not reported any cases until 13th May).
Although COVID-19 has been spreading steadily in the African region, the fatal cases have been low compare to other continents. Alongside mortality cases, the recovery cases reported have been substantial. By the second week of May, the total reported deaths were 2,124 with reported recoveries of 19,199. Nevertheless, the World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a statement saying there could be up to 190,000 deaths on the African continent if COVID-19 is not properly managed.
Recognizing the urgent need for collaboration, cooperation, and coordination to ensure that Africa plays a leadership role in the development and access to potential vaccines, this two-day virtual conference, under the leadership of H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), will bring together healthcare professionals, researchers, public health experts, policy makers, media, civil society, community and religious leaders, and industries to explore this topic and help develop a framework for COVID-19 vaccine development and access in Africa. You can register for the conference here.
The Global Health Network is inviting research teams working across Africa, Asia and Latin America who are currently running or setting up COVID-19 studies to share their study resources to support a faster implementation of research studies during this pandemic. You can read more about this crowdsourcing initative here.
ISARIC/ALERRT Clinical Characterisation Protocol (CCP) observational study
MRC Unit The Gambia COVID-19 Clinical Resources
The following is a list of contacts within African organisations, including the WHO Africa, CDC Africa and EDCTP Centres of Excellence who are preparing to deal with this response. You can find more information also via the partner links listed in the right hand navigation.
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Interactive Map of Cases
Developed by John Hopkins University. Find out the latest case numbers in Africa and more.
Africa COVID-19 Resources
Click here to find a collection of resources specific to COVID-19 research in Africa.