Africa’s largest COVID-19 treatment clinical trial launched in 13 countries

Thirteen African countries and an international network of research institutions have joined forces to launch the largest COVID-19 clinical trial in mild-to-moderate outpatients in Africa. The ANTICOV clinical trial aims to respond to the urgent need to identify treatments that can be used to treat mild and moderate cases of COVID-19 early and prevent spikes…

U.S. Embassy in Uganda develops COVID-19 Resource Toolkit

The U.S. Embassy in Uganda developed a “COVID-19 Resource Toolkit” in collaboration with Uganda’s Ministry of Health and other partners in order to expand access to key COVID-19 information and resources across Ugandan society.   The toolkit includes links to videos, public service announcements in various languages, posters, and other information on COVID-19 signs and…

Accountability Breakfast event calls on governments to protect women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health during COVID-19 and beyond

Up to 2,000 delegates from all over the world took part in a live event held this week alongside the UN General Assembly 2020, which called on governments, donors, and other key actors in global development to demonstrate greater accountability for supporting and improving women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (WCAH) and rights during the COVID-19…

Gates Foundation Honors Director of Africa CDC With 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today named Dr. John N. Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), as the winner of the 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award. As part of its annual Goalkeepers campaign, the foundation also announced three other Goalkeepers Awards and launched two innovative partnerships that address…

Gates Foundation’s Annual Goalkeepers Report shows COVID-19 has stalled 20 years of progress

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its fourth annual Goalkeepers Report, featuring new data showing how the ripple effects of COVID-19 have stopped 20 years of progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals).  The report provides the most contemporary global data set for how the pandemic is affecting progress toward…

African Development Bank approves $27.33 million to ramp up the African Union’s COVID-19 Response Initiative

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors (www.AfDB.org) on Wednesday approved $27.33 million in grants to boost the African Union’s (AU) efforts to mobilize a continental response to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. The approval follows a meeting of the extended Bureau of the Conference of Heads of State and Government with Africa’s private sector on…

Coronavirus – Uganda: How Previous Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks Helped Uganda Respond to COVID-19 Outbreak

For many public health workers in Uganda, responding to disease outbreaks of epidemic potential is not new. This is because the country has been in preparedness and response modes for quite some time and its disease outbreak system has regularly been tested over the years. Uganda has had four Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreaks in…