Catastrophic food shortages and mass starvation are threatening greater devastation than the virus itself
For his latest book 'Why We Are Coming', he interviewed 1006 academically qualified African job applicants aged between 21 and 50 over three years and found that 90 percent changed their resumes to conceal ethnic features.
"They told me that the [test] result is out and I am negative. Still they don't want me to go out."
The fact that health practitioners encourage people to vaccinate themselves against the flu, might have led to the mistaken view that the flu shot protects against the new coronavirus.
As Covid-19 creeps across the region, fears mount over how it will unfold. Will a young population help stem the spread of disease, or will it unleash catastrophe on creaking health systems?
African nations have limited resources to replace the incomes of their citizens. Those difficulties again highlight the importance of testing.
Given the characteristics of many African cities, the situation, without appropriate mitigation measures, could be far worse.
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A year after eastern Zimbabwe was devastated by one of the worst storms on record, many people remain amid the wreckage living in makeshift shelters.
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We must take care, but not lose sight of the bigger picture. Fixating on the virus means we often ignore wider social and economic priorities.
"We expect in the next couple of weeks that all 47 of our member states will have the facilities to diagnose this virus,"
There are fears that the locusts - already in the hundreds of billions - will multiply further.
When he became ill he thought of his time as a child in Cameroon when he contracted malaria. He feared the worse.
“Our greatest fear remains the damage the coronavirus could do in a country like DRC,”