Africa’s frontline financial lobbyists have won the first battle this week in their campaign to raise funds for countries wrestling with the coronavirus pandemic. Some of this could come from member states increasing the resources of the IMF, a move that the US has firmly resisted so far.
Ethiopia has postponed elections scheduled for August and declared a five-month state of emergency to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. If managed well, this time could be used to put the country’s democratic transition back on track.
The COVID-19 pandemic cannot be classified as a surprise. Several studies, intelligence reports and epidemiologic knowledge all predicted some infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome would likely spread around the world.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), founded in 1951, is the professional association of Nigerian doctors and dentists. It has over 40,000 members from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and just under 20,000 from the diaspora, making it the largest medical association in West Africa. It also has a history of conflict with the federal government.
Born in Senegal, where he spent his childhood, the French doctor and researcher has maintained strong professional and emotional ties with the continent. And many African countries are already using chloroquine to treat people infected with Covid-19.