This information sheet presents a first output of work in progress summarising available population data from official sources across 16 countries in east and southern Africa (ESA) on the COVID-19 pandemic,the responses to it and the relationship with other relevant indicators of population health, health systems and health determinants. Notwithstanding the data challenges indicated and the dynamic nature of the epidemic, it shows a diversity across countries in the pandemic profile, risks, capacities and responses , pointing to factors that merit further exploration and potential areas for exchange on practice and raising a caution on making simple generalisations about the pandemic in the region. Equally, understanding the pandemic, the responses and impacts calls also for disaggregated, within-country evidence, given its changing transmission and its different effects on different social groups. A further round of analysis will be implemented in July, updating data and including other information gathered. Feedback is welcomed on this brief to improve and inform the future work.
Equity in health, Poverty and health, Equitable health services, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Title of publication COVID-19 in East and Southern Africa – early evidence from population level data, June 2020
Date of publication
Brief: COVID-19 in East and Southern Africa – early evidence from population level data, June 2020, EQUINET, ECSA HC, online
COVID-19, country data, East and Southern Africa
East and southern Africa region
Equinet Publication Type