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Theme area
Equity in health, Poverty and health, Equitable health services, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Author
EQUINET; ECSA HC
Title of publication COVID-19 in East and Southern Africa: developments in the pandemic, July 2020
Date of publication
2020 July
Publication type
Document
Publication details
Brief: COVID-19 in East and Southern Africa: developments in the pandemic, July 2020, EQUINET and ECSA HC, Online
Publication status
Published
Language
 
Keywords
COVID-19; country data, East and Southern Africa
Abstract
This information sheet is the second presenting work summarising evidence as of July 17 2020 from official and scientific population data across countries in east and southern Africa (ESA) on the COVID-19 pandemic, the responses to it and the relationship with other indicators of population health, health systems and health determinants. In terms of the epidemic profile, increased testing has improved case detection, although still generally at low levels for an effective public health response. Reporting the share of tests that are positive will help to identify if transmission is rising and effective use of test resources. By July 17th most ESA countries had a rising pace of transmission and a sustained rise in total cases. As exceptions, Mauritius, Uganda and DRC show plateauing of cases. The pandemic thus continues to take different forms in different ESA countries. In terms of wider vulnerability, the slower, sustained increase in cases in the ESA region raises concern on the effects of sustained implementation of measures such as school and workplace closures. ESA countries with more rapid and stringent measures (such as Mauritius and Uganda) have lower case prevalence and in Mauritius, a shorter highly stringent response appears to have been effective in pandemic control. There is some evidence that there may be a ‘health debt’ in unmet management of other morbidity that would need to be further explored.
Country
East and southern Africa region
Publisher
EQUINET, ECSA HC
Equinet Publication Type
Briefs