Survey Shows People in Africa Still Experiencing Substantial Economic Harms, Without Vaccine to Combat Increasing Global Threat
12 May, 2021 8 AM EDT // 2 PM CAT Register here
New York, USA – 11 May, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- As the world battles new COVID-19 variants and supply of vaccines remains critically low in Africa, African Union Member States must find the balance between minimizing threats from COVID-19 and the indirect burdens of public health measures, including income loss, food insecurity, and disrupted access to essential medical services.
New findings from a Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC) report show that these problems remain substantial across the African continent: 81% of respondents reported challenges accessing food, 77% reported experiencing income loss and 42% reported missing medical visits. The report calls for targeted public health measures for high-risk populations, increased surveillance in light of new variants and scaled-up vaccine supply from the global community to control the pandemic in Africa.
The findings are based on a new survey of over 24,000 adults in 19 African Union Member States, conducted by the Partnership for Evidence-Based COVID-19 Response (PERC). In its new regional report—the third in a series on “Using Data to Find a Balance”—PERC analyzes public opinion survey responses along with social, economic, and epidemiological data, and offers recommendations for governments as they navigate the ongoing pandemic.
Join high-level panelists from PERC members Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO),Vital Strategies’ Resolve to Save Lives initiative and the World Economic Forum, to discuss key findings and how organizations can identify potential threats, coordinate responses and effectively communicate as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. A Q&A will follow the discussion.
Date: Wednesday 12 May, 2021
Time: 08:00 – 08:45 EDT // 14:00-14:45 CAT
Languages: English, with simultaneous French translation
To attend the webinar, please register here.
• Dr. Ahmed E. Ogwell Ouma, Deputy Director, Africa CDC
• Dr. Richard Mihigo, Program Area Manager, Immunization and Vaccine Development, WHO
• Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies
• Moderated by Amanda Russo, Head of Media Content, World Economic Forum
To read the full report, please visit:
About the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the World Economic Forum, acting as partner to the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the COVID Action Platform. The platform is intended to catalyse private-sector support for the global public health response to COVID-19, and to do so at the scale and speed required to protect lives and livelihoods, aiming to find ways to help end the global emergency as soon as possible.
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- James Ayodele, Principal Communication Officer, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). Email: [email protected]; Tel: +251 11 551 7700
- Collins Boakye-Agyemang, Communications Officer, WHO Regional Office for Africa. Email: [email protected]; Tel: +4724139420 or +242065206565
- Erin Sykes, Director of Communications, Resolve to Save Lives: [email protected]; +1.646.612.0001
- Christina Honeysett, Director of PR, Vital Strategies. Email: [email protected]; Tel: +1 914 424 3356
- Amanda Russo, Head of Media Content, World Economic Forum. Email: [email protected]; Tel: +1 415 734 0589