On 14 February 2020, Africa confirmed its first COVID-19 case in Egypt. Since then, more than 1 million cases have been reported and every country on the continent has been affected. African governments were quick to adopt public health measures in line with WHO guidelines and instituted other restrictions such as lockdowns and curfews. While most countries have been spared the exponential growth witnessed in other regions, these measures have come at a heavy social and economic cost and as countries have started to open their borders, some have started to see cases rise.
WHO is coordinating the regional response, providing advice on critical preparedness, readiness and response measures for COVID-19 as well as diagnostics, surveillance, treatment and community engagement.
Countries are stepping up the delivery of essential health services. However, more efforts are needed to ensure essential services are maintained alongside COVID-19 response.Read more
Infection Prevention and Control
Along with partners, WHO has trained about 100 000 health workers through online sessions and directly in the field and assessed 4169 health facilities to ensure they meet WHO standards.Read more
Operational Support and Logistics
WHO, in collaboration with other United Nations agencies and partners, have delivered essential medical supplies and is helping countries consolidate procurement and shipment of equipment.Read more
Countries have improved their capacity to respond to COVID-19. But it is important that governments step up readiness and response measures, particularly at the subnational levels.Read more
Partnering with United Nations agencies, NGOs and other organizations, WHO is coordinating risk communications and community engagement in countries.Read more
WHO has supported the rollout of outbreak data management tools in 26 countries, conducted online trainings and provided technical guidance to bolster COVID-19 surveillance and detection.Read more
Countries have ramped up testing capacities. All the 47 countries in WHO African Region can diagnose the virus and more than 7 million polymerase chain reaction tests have been performed so far.Read more
WHO has trained doctors and nurses on care for COVID-19 patients, including the critically ill, especially in smaller countries with limited workforce.Read more