S.Africa forced to confront homelessness amid virus lockdown

At a church in a quiet Pretoria suburb, a lost-looking man in ragged clothes was gently intercepted by a volunteer as he tried to wander out of the building. “Shame, man,” muttered the helper, as he coaxed the man back…

Plea for ‘Marshall Plan’ as pandemic hits African economies

Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou on Friday appealed for a “Marshall Plan” to help African economies hit by the coronavirus pandemic as more states warned of a devastating impact on the continent’s growth. “Even before the pandemic, Africa needed a Marshall…

Gabon bans eating of pangolin and bats amid pandemic

Gabon’s government on Friday banned the sale and eating of bats and pangolins, which are suspected of sparking the novel coronavirus in China where they are highly prized in traditional medicine. The novel coronavirus is believed to have come from…

Star footballer joins row after French scientists suggest testing virus vaccine in Africa

Two leading French doctors have sparked a storm of criticism after discussing on a television programme the idea of testing a vaccine for coronavirus in Africa. Former international and Ivory Coast football star Didier Drogba joined lawyers and a French…

Guinea constitutional court ratifies referendum result

Guinea’s constitutional court ratified the result of the West African state’s contested constitutional referendum on Friday, recording a slightly reduced majority for the vote to approve the reforms than previously reported. Changing the constitution has proved a hugely controversial proposal…

Effective Government Messaging Can Save Lives

It goes without saying that during a crisis such as the pandemic the world is currently facing; clear, consistent and concise communications can be an effective tool in curbing the spread of diseases such as COVID-19. But innovative communication has…

More African Freedom Fighters Join COVID-19 Cease Fire

On March 30, 2020, the OEAS called for a Pan African Ceasefire to facilitate the movement of humanitarian workers and aid needed to fight COVID-19 in Africa’s must vulnerable regions. The OEAS was inspired by the success of OEAS member…

Virus fear stalks Nigeria displaced camps

Men and women cluster around plastic wash basins hastily set up outside one of northeast Nigeria’s sprawling displaced persons’ camps, lathering their hands with soap under the gaze of security personnel. The makeshift hygiene facilities are among urgent efforts aimed…

How the pandemic is changing pregnancy

Jamie Chui has been a virtual prisoner in her Hong Kong home for most of her nine-month pregnancy. Trapped intially by violent pro-democracy protests and tear gas, and then by the coronavirus — she now faces giving birth alone, with…

Mali records low turnout for parliamentary election

Turnout for Mali’s parliamentary elections this week was 36 percent, officials said on Thursday, after voters dealt with threats of violence and the coronavirus pandemic. Voters in the war-torn West African country cast their ballots for new MPs on Sunday…