West African governments are responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) by closing borders, banning foreign travellers, closing schools and implementing ... curfews to stop the spread of the virus. Many economic sectors in West Africa such as tourism, transport and entertainment, have slowed to a near standstill, putting millions of jobs at risk.
When Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus formally announced his candidacy for the post of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on ... 24 May 2016, he certainly received a mixed bag of interest and expectations.
Three quarters of emerging human infectious disease outbreaks are “zoonotic,” originating from viruses and other pathogens infecting animals, ... then “jumping” species to infect people. This “species jump” by pathogens is not new; it has occurred throughout pre- and recorded history.
Back in March, Africa had been designated by many as the “lost continent” when it comes to fighting Covid-19. It comes now as a surprise ... that the death toll and number of infected people are far below everyone expectations.
It is too soon to assess the full economic impacts that COVID-19 lockdowns will have on developing countries. But early research indicates that ... many African economies are significantly impacted and that poorer households are struggling.
The last couple months can only be characterized as unprecedented, as many countries and markets went from indifference of the pandemic to visible ... panic. In many emerging markets, the flight of capital coupled with slowed investments has further complicated fragile situations. Yet these unexpected and difficult times still present opportunity for investment.