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Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Outbreak Brief #12: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

As of 3 pm EAT 7 April 2020, a total of 10,086 COVID-19 cases and 487 (CFR 5%) deaths have been reported in 52 African countries

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (31 March 2020), 518,122 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 34,452 new deaths have been reported globally. This is a 75% increase in cases reported. To date, a total of 1,211,961 COVID-19 cases and 67,666 (CFR 6%) related deaths have been reported…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Basic Education and The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) launch Coronavirus COVID-19 TV and radio curriculum support programmes for learners

Learners are encouraged to check their local listings for the exact slots for radio

The SABC and the Department of Basic Education have launched a multi-media learner support initiative under the banner: COVID-19 Learner Support aimed at limiting the impact of the lockdown to the school calendar. The initiative is part of the broader efforts to prevent a total loss of school year since…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Development Bank appoints Nourredine Lafhel Acting Chief Risk Officer

An experienced risk management professional, Nourredine has more than twenty (20) years of experience in finance and risk management

The African Development Bank Group ( is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Nourredine Lafhel as Acting Chief Risk Officer, effective 6th April 2020. Lafhel, a Canadian national, is currently the Sovereign Credit and Market Risk Division Manager (PGRF3), in the Directorate of the Group Risk Management Function of the African Development Bank Group. An…

Source: Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe |

Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 06 April 2020

Zimbabwe now has 10 confirmed cases, including one death

The Ministry would like to report that the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory tested 13 samples. One of these tested positive for COVID-19. Therefore, to date, Zimbabwe now has 10 confirmed cases, including one death. The tenth patient is a 24-year-old-female resident of Harare who arrived from the United Kingdom two…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Development Bank celebrates milestone with first social bond listing on London Stock Exchange

Record-breaking $3 billion Fight Covid-19 social bond launches on LSE: a first for the Bank

The African Development Bank’s ( “Fight Covid-19” social bond, the largest social bond to date to be issued in the capital markets, listed on London Stock Exchange on Friday 3 April 2020, and is now available through its Sustainable Bond Market. The listing marks an important milestone as the Bank…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Development Bank Group approves Gender Equality Trust Fund and Risk-Sharing Mechanism to improve women’s economic empowerment in Africa

Funded by donors, the GETF will support the delivery and scale-up of the Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) programme

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group ( have approved a new Gender Equality Trust Fund (GETF) aimed at pushing forward gender equality and women’s empowerment across the continent. Funded by donors, the GETF will support the delivery and scale-up of the Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for…

Source: The World Bank Group |

How countries are using edtech (including online learning, radio, television, texting) to support access to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

In support of this work, the World Bank is cataloguing emerging approaches, by country, in an internal database

The World Bank is actively working with ministries of education in dozens of countries in support of their efforts to utilize educational technologies of all sorts to provide remote learning opportunities for students while schools are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is in active dialogue with…

Source: Mastercard |

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Awards $20 Million in Initial Grants to Fund Clinical Trials

Researchers at three institutions in the U.S. and U.K. receive grants to advance studies of repurposed drugs and novel antibodies in preventing COVID-19

Today, the partners in the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator announced grants of $20 million to three institutions—the University of Washington, University of Oxford, and La Jolla Institute for Immunology—to fund clinical trials in order to identify highly potent immunotherapies for the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants mark the first investments to come…

Source: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) |

Somalia Becomes 182nd Member of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Amid global uncertainty, country’s membership is key part of accessing international private investment capital

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group, is pleased to announce that the Federal Government of Somalia has become the 182nd member of the Agency, following normalization of its financial relationship with the World Bank. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somalia’s membership affords…

Source: UNICEF South Africa |

Infant and Young Child Feeding in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic - Eastern, Central and Southern Africa

Infants born to mothers with suspected, probable, or confirmed COVID-19 should be fed according to standard infant feeding guidelines

This joint note aims to consolidate the current recommendations on Infant and Young Child Feeding in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. This guidance is not intended to replace national guidance, rather to serve as a resource that is based on the latest evidence.…