Pandemic hits access to healthcare, food hard in Africa


Pandemic hits access to healthcare, food hard in Africa

However, support for public health measures remains high, says Africa CDC head, amid a dip in infections

Senior features writer

Nearly half the people participating in a survey across African states said that they, or someone in their household, had experienced “delayed or skipped access” to healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic, and seven out of 10 said they had difficulties accessing food.

“Less than 33% expressed support for measures that limited economic activity, that is, staying at home and limiting market visits,” said Africa CDC director, Dr John Nkengasong (, during his weekly briefing on coronavirus on Thursday.

The Partnership for Evidence-based Response to COVID-19 (, a consortium of global public health organisations and private-sector companies, conducted the national representation phone surveys “to determine the acceptability, impact and effectiveness of public health and social measures in the communities”...

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