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, and prioritise the continent in the distribution of those doses. As a reminder, the Mastercard Foundation has also thrown its heft into getting vaccinations to the people. The wheels are turning. We'll stay on top of it.
This week the Beat includes an op-ed about the opportunities for reform in Africa's healthcare sectors for future generations, and there is a great take on what the Encounters Film Festival has to offer this year in the creative economy.
June 16th is also the International Day of the African child. In the wake of COVID-19, children have experienced disruptions in education, an increase in stressful home environments, and changed social structures. While they are often the most vulnerable, they are also the most resilient and adaptable.
A great quote for you to reflect on from Nelson Mandela:
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
These are the collaborations we live for. The AU and The World Bank coming together to deploy 400M vaccines on the continent is the kind of content that we are here for.
In the wake of the G7 Summit, Reuters reports that Africa will be a priority recipient of the 870 million doses of vaccines that have been pledged for distribution all over the world in a landmark agreement that was reached this week.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced tighter restrictions Tuesday night on public gatherings and liquor sales in South Africa, as the country confronts a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The fight is still on, and we must stay diligent in curbing this pandemic.
This thoughtful piece in M&G offers an interesting perspective on how COVID-19 presents an opportunity to recalibrate strategies and mobilise investments strategically to strengthen stressed healthcare systems on the continent for the future.
The Encounters Film Festival is underway with a hybrid event that ensures that more people have access to the films, training opportunities and creative conversations that nudge visual storytelling forward on the continent.
We want our football, soon we hope. Due to logistical reasons caused by COVID-19, The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the draw for the Africa Cup of Nations will no longer happen on June 25 as planned. The CAF said that a new date will be announced sometime in the near future.
Another inspiring piece on the HQ. Food was the gateway to Rafeeat Aliyu's reconnection to her lineage. Spending time with her mother inspired her curiousity and encouraged her connection with her matrilineal line.
Beat Pic of The Week—Blooming Times