“To say the current surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths across several African countries is alarming is an understatement. The lack of vaccines across the continent highlights the gross inequity of access to public health interventions. We see wealthier nations returning closer to pre-pandemic normal. In sharp contrast, Africa is being hit by a brutal third wave with COVID-19 cases increasing by 20% week-on-week. Several of our staff and their relatives have been infected, and unfortunately, some of them were not able to recover and died. “What makes the third wave different from the first two waves is the presence of the Delta variant. The greater transmissibility and disease severity of the Delta variant is alarming, especially among a population of which less than one percent of the people have been partially vaccinated. A health disaster is looming. Yet, this could have been avoided if countries had received more vaccine doses quicker and sooner. Administration also needs to be accelerated fairly and at scale.
“What happened recently in India is on everyone’s mind, and it is a frightening situation to be in. Health systems across the continent are extremely vulnerable and are at risk of becoming quickly overwhelmed. It is already the case in countries like South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia and Uganda, where shortages of oxygen and ICU beds have been reported. With the mission to place power in the hands of local health workers to save lives around the world, Project HOPE is a global health and humanitarian organization operating in more than 25 countries. Founded in 1958, we work side-by-side with local health systems to improve health and support community resilience. We work at the epicenter of today’s greatest health challenges, including infectious and chronic diseases; disasters and health crises; maternal, neonatal and child health; pandemic preparedness and response; mental health for health workers; and the policies that impact how health care is delivered. For more information, visit www.ProjectHOPE.org and follow us on Twitter @ProjectHOPEorg.
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Since 2020, Project HOPE has supported the Africa-CDC by delivering two types of trainings to health care workers and frontline COVID-19 responders in over 30 countries. The training – “COVID-19 Preparedness and Response” and “COVID-19 vaccination” are available in English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese. “Lessons must be drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccine gap between high-income and middle- and low-income countries can no longer be ignored. Building vaccine development and manufacturing capacity in Africa is a critical part of the long-term solution. That’s why we welcome the recent announcements of the first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in South Africa and of the Africa-CDC to lay the groundwork to enable regional manufacturing of vaccines. These are steps in the right direction, and until then, more vaccines must reach Africa and must be administered rapidly.”
Source Hajer Naili, Media Relations Manager,HNaili@ProjectHOPE.org, +33 6 03 50 53 93 / +1 (917) 889-5982 (WhatsApp)
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