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UN GA 2021: Africa cannot outsource its health to the rest of the world, African Development Bank head says during panel on closing the health gap

The 76th General Assembly of the UN takes place this year against the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit African economies badly, despite the overall lower death toll on the continent

Global leaders, in a sideline event on health during the United Nations General Assembly, voiced the urgent need to scale up Covid-19 vaccine production and access in the wake of a pandemic that has caused unprecedented economic loss and bankrupted health care systems in Africa. The Future Investment Initiative Institute…

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South Sudan: Country’s first oxygen plant comes on stream at Juba hospital to help fight Covid-19

The $980 000 oxygen plant project cost includes the procurement and construction of a facility to house the plant

South Sudan has begun producing oxygen following the successful installation of the country’s first oxygen plant at Juba Teaching Hospital, set up with funding from the African Development Fund. The oxygen plant was procured as part of measures to support the country’s ongoing Covid-19 response with a grant from the…

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South Sudan: African Development Bank and WHO hand over vehicles to support Covid-19 response

The cars will be used by the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre in Juba to coordinate the incident management system

The African Development Bank ( has donated two cars to support South Sudan’s ongoing Covid-19 response as part of efforts by the Bank and its partners to ease the toll of the pandemic on vulnerable African states. The donation was made to the Ministry of Health through the World Health…

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G20 Compact with Africa Reaffirms Commitment to Securing Africa’s Recovery from Covid-19 Pandemic through Private Sector Development and Vaccine Manufacturing

The Compact with Africa is a G20 initiative that promotes macroeconomic, business and financing reforms to attract more private investment in Africa

Participants of a G20 Compact with Africa meeting this week assessed Africa’s progress in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. “We are meeting at a pivotal time in the relationship between Africa and the rest of the world,” said Italian prime minister Mario Draghi. The Compact with Africa is a G20 initiative…

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Seychelles: African Development Bank approves $20 million loan to support Covid-19 recovery

The government program aims to deepen reforms introduced through the Bank’s Covid-19 Crisis Response Budget Support Program

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group ( has approved a $20 million flexible loan to finance Seychelles’ Governance and Economic Reforms Support Program, expected to help drive the island nation’s macroeconomic stability and recovery from Covid-19 in the medium-term. The government program aims to deepen reforms…

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African Development Bank 2021 Annual Meetings: Members show support for plan to tackle Covid-19

Adesina also pledged that the Bank would strengthen support to African countries as they tackle the pandemic’s economic and health impacts

The African Development Bank Group’s ( shareholders have shown strong support for the Bank’s proposals to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, and this as the continent faces the possibility of a third wave of infection amid poor vaccine access. This emerged from the 56th Annual Meetings of the Bank Group. The…

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Covid-19: African countries win the race against time with testing laboratories

Daily testing capacity of African countries rose from 13,200 at the beginning of the epidemic to 105,000

In March 2020, Africa had its back to the wall, helpless in the face of the magnitude of a virus that appeared in Asia and quickly spread to the entire planet. Only two African countries were then able to test for the novel coronavirus: Senegal, with its Pasteur Institute, and…

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UK Parliamentary Committee recognises the African Development Bank’s effectiveness in responding to Covid-19

The report recognises the Bank’s effectiveness in responding to the pandemic and encourages the British government to work with it to ensure that momentum is not lost in 2021

The African Development Bank ( has welcomed a report published by the UK House of Commons’ International Development Committee on Britain’s support to the African Development Bank Group. The report was prepared by the Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI). The report recognises the…

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Social safety nets, community spirit help South African mother through Covid-19 crisis

About 2.6 million South Africans have lost their jobs since the pandemic hit

Around 40 km outside Cape Town, Leebah Bessick wipes sweat from her forehead as she digs a pitchfork into the earth at a neighbourhood community garden. It’s an unseasonably hot day here at Blackheath Secondary School and even a shady corner of the garden offers Bessick and the other gardeners…

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Côte d'Ivoire: Vulnerable households and small businesses find relief from government program to ease Covid-19 headaches

The program’s main objectives were to extend cash transfers to more than 117,000 newly vulnerable households at a cost of 75,000 CFA francs each

For Hortense Koné, the manager of a small restaurant in Abobo Belleville, north of Côte d'Ivoire’s economic capital Abidjan, paying her water and electricity bills became a headache last year when Covid-19 lockdown restrictions hit her business. But a decision by the Ivorian government to cover water and electricity bills…