United Nations issues a Policy Brief on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa
19 May 2020
The policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa is the latest in a series of briefs which explore various issues and highlights the impact of the pandemic.
This edition highlights a spectrum of urgent challenges including the impact of COVID-19 on Africa's health systems, food supplies, peace, economies, education, human rights, employment and business. It outlines response measures currently being taken by African and external stakeholders and provides recommendations to protect gains in the fight against the pandemic and maximise opportunities in the recovery for a more inclusive and sustainable future as countries emerge from this crisis.
In his statement during the release of the policy brief today, the Secretary-General called "for international action to strengthen Africa’s health systems, maintain food supplies, avoid a financial crisis, support education, protect jobs, keep households and businesses afloat, and cushion the continent against lost income and export earnings" during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UN Secretary-general also noted that "African countries should also have quick, equal and affordable access to any eventual vaccine and treatment, that must be considered global public goods" adding that "Ending the pandemic in Africa is essential for ending it across the world."