We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Africa Needs Debt Relief to Fight COVID-19

16 2 1
09.04.2020

WASHINGTON, DC – After a slow start, COVID-19 has spread increasingly rapidly throughout Africa, with more than 7,000 confirmed cases and 294 deaths across 45 countries and two territories as of April 7. Unless the continent urgently receives more assistance, the virus will continue to cut a deadly and remorseless path across it, with ever grimmer health and economic consequences. As an essential first step, therefore, we call for immediate debt relief for African countries in order to create the fiscal space governments need to respond to the pandemic.

  • Witnessing Wuhan PS OnPoint Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu via Getty Images Free to read

    Witnessing Wuhan

    Tracy Wen Liu shares harrowing first-person testimonials from the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak in China.

    18 Add to Bookmarks

  • The Trump Presidency Turns Deadly Jim Watson/Pool/Getty Images

    The Trump Presidency Turns Deadly

    Elizabeth Drew expects the US president's chief concern, as the COVID-19 body count rises, to be whom to blame.

    27 Add to Bookmarks

  • Insuring the Survival of Post-Pandemic Economies Getty Images

    Insuring the Survival of Post-Pandemic Economies

    Roman Frydman & Edmund S. Phelps see major shortcomings in the just-adopted $2 trillion US rescue and stimulus package.

    4 Add to Bookmarks

  • Previous Next

    After all, combating COVID-19 is more challenging in Africa than in other parts of the world. Access to quality health care across the continent remains limited, despite some countries’ recent progress. One-third of Africans cannot wash their hands regularly, because they lack access to clean water. Lack of refrigeration to store perishable foods or medicines makes it........

    © Project Syndicate