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7 May 2020

African Union (AU) Member States responded quickly to COVID-19 with public health and social measures (PHSMs) - the most effective tools for combating a rapidly spreading infectious disease in the absence of effective treatments or vaccines - and this has given them an early advantage in suppressing the virus. But humankind’s struggle with the microbe will be a marathon, not a sprint, and AU Member States are facing a crisis that will continue to unfold over many months.

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30 Apr 2020

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 109 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the WHO African Region, Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lassa fever in Nigeria.

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23 Apr 2020

These scenarios have been developed to consider how the global humanitarian system will be impacted over the next six months in relation to COVID-19. This involves considering how changes in donor and recipient countries will affect each other, as well as the possibility that Covid-19 will trigger new humanitarian crises. To achieve this, this report considers the global interplay between countries, and the implications of both primary and secondary of the COVID-19 pandemic and containment measures.

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16 Apr 2020

African policymakers need to develop a two-pronged strategy of “saving lives and protecting livelihoods.” This strategy includes (short-term) relief measures and (medium-term) recovery measures aimed at strengthening health systems, providing income support to workers and liquidity support to viable businesses. However, financing of these policies will be challenging amid deteriorating fiscal positions and heightened public debt vulnerabilities. Therefore, African countries will require financial assistance from their development partners -including COVID-19 related multilateral assistance and a debt service stand still with official bilateral creditors.

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