The COVID-19 pandemic is the most severe global health crisis ever experienced in modern times. The virus has spread to every country, devastating communities,  distorting livelihoods, destroying economies, and straining the health infrastructure.  Initially reported to the WHO on December 31, 2019, the virus has spread fast, hitting a high of 76.8 million cases globally, with 2.49 million cases reported in Africa by January 2021.

The pandemic has had severe health and socioeconomic consequences across the world, and Africa has not been left out. The effect on the African  economy, health systems, and education has been particularly severe. As a result of this pandemic, Africa is projected to have its deepest economic contraction, with economic growth expected to slow to below 3%.

As one of the continent’s premier research institutions and think tanks exploring questions of population health and wellbeing, we are keen to understand the disease and recommend immediate and long-term policy decisions. Click here for more information.