Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources
The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up preparedness efforts for the coronavirus disease, now known as COVID-19, in the African region and supporting countries there to implement the recommendations of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland on 30 January. On the advice of the Emergency Committee, the WHO Director-General, declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).
More recently, the WHO Regional Office for Africa was represented at an emergency meeting of the Minsters of Health in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on 14 February. Ministers resolved to strengthen coordination and cooperation among Member States, enhance surveillance measures at points of entry, increase public awareness efforts, and to develop a regional preparedness plan.
The COVID-19 epidemic has now been declared a pandemic. The pandemic is rapidly expanding in the African continent, with 12 countries reporting confirmed cases, including nine countries from the WHO African Region. All index cases in the region have been imported from European countries. In the WHO African Region, cases
have occurred either sporadically or as part of clusters, with a common exposure to confirmed cases. WHO African Region is working closely with national authorities to strengthen response measures to contain the pandemic and prevent sustained local transmission of the disease in affected and at-risk Member States. Given that a fifth of COVID-19 cases reported globally are either severe (15%) or critical(5%), it is particularly crucial that countries strengthen their capacity for case management as well as infection prevention and control at health facilities.
Africa COVID-19 Situation Update (As at 10th April 2020 – Source: World Health Organisation)