Information on the research response in Africa to COVID-19

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. This is located within the wider COVID-19 Hub which also includes links to the updated international tools and resources through the wider network. 

The focus of The Global Health Network is to support health research in places and settings where evidence is lacking. In this outbreak, as is the case in emerging new diseases, we have so many unknowns. In Africa there are particularly pressing questions. The need for validated diagnostics tools that can be used in the community is perhaps the most urgent to help keep potential cases isolated. Rapid and mobile diagnostics that can be used outside of major healthcare facilities should help reduce the potential burden on health systems and prevent wider impact by the public not being able to access everyday healthcare due to services being distracted and overwhelmed by an outbreak. Understanding the disease morphology is also important as well as undertaking clinical trials for vaccines if they come into clinical development. 

The first case of COVID-19 on the African continent was confirmed in Egypt on February 14th 2020. The 33 years old patient of foreign origin and recovered. More than 45 countries in Africa have now confirmed cases. Here you can read an update from the WHO. 

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African Academy of Sciences

COVID-19 in Africa: Interventions towards managing the COVID-19 outbreak
'Africa needs a body of knowledge to draw upon advice for governments based on best-practice in various areas of managing the pandemic. Fellows of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS), eminent scientists in and outside Africa, have put in their input on the work done so far. However, there is an urgent opportunity for African scientists to do more to mitigate the greatest threat to humankind in our generation. By working together, individuals and institutions could leverage our synergies to result in the whole being more than just the sum of its parts. The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) supposes that the open questions for researchers and policymakers on the continent can be worked upon to build a coherent response.'

AAS Webinar - COVID-19 in Africa: Research and Development Oppurtunities

Access the presentation slides here.

Key research organisation contacts:

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. 

Africa-CDC   |   African Society for Laboratory Medicine   |   WANETAM NoE   |   CANTAM NoE   |   EACCR NoE   |   TESA NoE   |   ALERRT   |   PANDORA   |   WHO AFRO