The impact of COVID-19 in Africa
Contrary to popular belief, Africa has not been spared by the global COVID-19 pandemic. African populations continue to struggle and the continent is experiencing its first recession in 25 years.
Sub-saharan african hit hard by the epidemic
Sub-Saharan Africa began reporting its first cases of COVID-19 in late February 2020. From then on, the virus quickly spread. Production losses linked to the epidemic could amount to between 37 and 79 billion dollars in 2020 in this region. The pandemic triggered the first recession in 25 years. According to recent estimates, the crisis could push between 40 million and 60 million people into extreme poverty around the world, including 27 million in sub-Saharan Africa.
A well organised support system in Senegal
Despite the difficult situation, Senegal, like other countries, has used ingenuity to face the crisis. Young people from Guédiawaye, on the outskirts of Dakar, have created a solar-powered mobile hand washing station. Seamstresses by trade have swapped their usual garments to mass produce face masks. The Ministry of Health and Social Action has tasked female leaders within their communities to relay preventive measures, including in remote areas.
Adeos International facing the crisis
In Algeria, the first case of COVID-19 occurred at the end of February. Senegal confirmed the arrival of the virus there on 2 March. The DRC has been dealing with the epidemic since 10 March 2020. Like everyone else, the teams at Adeos International have been affected. The health rules and restrictions put in place in each country have been scrupulously observed since the start of the epidemic. Activity was able to resume before the summer.