COVIDHQ Africa's HQ Beat Newsletter.
Shani from the HQ Squad! Covid fatigue is a real thing. People all over the world seem like they've 'had enough' of hearing about the pandemic, the impact that it has had on economies, the heated negotations relating to vaccine access. As lockdown restrictions ease on the continent, social gatherings
Xewani from the HQ Squad. When COVID-19 was first detected on the continent in 2020, and the whole world went into lockdown, by way of connecting and empathising with others, some said: 'We're all in the same boat'. But when glaring inequalities came to light, it became clear that our
Hujambo from the HQ Squad. Since the advent of the novel coronavirus on the continent, lockdown measures and other responses have put so many things, including maternal healthcare, under pressure. COVID-19 has posed challenges to the provision of newborn nutrition and care interventions including maternal support, breastfeeding and family participation.
Moni from the HQ Squad. In recent months, we have had so many necessary conversations about the coronavirus vaccine—the West hoarding the vaccines; convincing people to take them; how the vaccines can be manufactured on the continent and dealing with false narratives and misinformation about their effectiveness. Vaccine hesitancy
Sawubona from the HQ Squad. Technology remains one of the key factors in mitigating the effects of COVID-19, with diverse application from education and data management to eventing, the creative process and travel. Small, micro and medium enterprises in Africa have been acutely impacted by various lockdowns with challenges ranging
Mbote from the HQ Squad. COVID-19 cases are surging on the continent and globally, with many nations bracing for a fourth wave of the virus. The Delta variant is real, people. While vaccination rollout has been slow and beset with challenges, the general climate seems to be shifting, with more
Aw ni ce from the HQ Squad. We'll dive right into it: The excitement of the Olympic Games has been shaken by the news of athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19. Amid protests and concerns that the Games will be a superspreader event, officials remain resolute to ensure a
Mhoro from the HQ Squad. As COVID-19 spreads rapidly through the continent, economies are stressed, tensions are high and frustrations that were 'just beneath the surface' of societies have bubbled over with protests in Mali, Eswatini and most recently South Africa. A personal piece from HQ explores how the sentiment
Dumelang from the HQ Squad. The pandemic has brought a number of issues on the continent to the surface; economies are under duress and healthcare systems are treading water. In the face of the rapid spread of the third wave, the pressure is on - on all fronts. In the
Me ma wo aha from the HQ Squad. A third wave of coronavirus infections is sweeping through the continent, and countries like Zimbabwe and South Africa have doubled down on their efforts to quell the spread by dialing up their respective lockdown levels. While this is of concern, it's heartening
Misawa from the HQ Squad. So, the blunt truth is that we are seeing concerning signs that the pandemic is not abating in many parts of the continent. Another truth is that our problem-solvers are not abating either and are fighting doggedly to remedy the situation. COVID fatigue is also
Ongaipe from the HQ Squad. There is a COVID-19 surge on the continent, and it is definitely of concern. That concern is tempered a bit by the just-ended G7 Summit with some positive news for Africa, as a landmark agreement was reached to contribute a significant number of vaccine doses,