covid-19 @ aphrc

RESEARCH // WHAT WE DO // covid-19 @ aphrc


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.

We have consequently leveraged our existing expertise in;

  • Evidence Generation

Our researchers are conducting studies to understand the impact of COVID-19 on our communities today and its long-term effects. Our research will help African decision makers to shape policies and programs and make informed resource allocation decisions. Our work will support implementation of best practices in pandemic response in Africa

  • Developing Tools and Guidelines

The Center has developed tools and guidelines for remote and safe data collection, and conducting training in the COVID-19 era.

  • Public and Policy Engagement

APHRC experts have been at the forefront of debates and discourse on COVID-19 in Africa and its impacts on various aspects of African society. We have been deeply involved in translating research evidence for non-technical audiences through enhanced media engagement to demystify the science on COVID-19 and make it more accessible to the lay publics.