COVID-19 is impacting lives, economies, and ways of life around the world. While the virus is affecting everyone, it will inevitably wreak its worst on the people, communities, and countries that are least able to withstand the shock.
While the virus itself has been slower to impact Africa than other parts of the world, the drastic declines in global trade and travel — combined with measures like quarantines aimed at preventing the virus’s spread — are already significantly impacting economies and well-being across the continent.
We have created the ONE Africa COVID-19 Tracker so that information on the health, economic, and social impacts of the virus on African countries is easily accessible, all in one place. The Tracker includes a wide range of data to help the world better understand where resource gaps exist, how the economies of African countries are being impacted, and how societies and the individuals living within them are affected.
The tracker provides insights into questions such as:
- How many hospital beds and intensive care units do countries currently have?
- What social protection measures have governments taken to minimize the virus’s impact or limit civil liberties?
- How has the crisis and resulting economic shutdowns impacted food intake or remittances from relatives living abroad?
The tracker brings together data to answer these and other important questions that have direct bearing on how the African continent is able to weather and recover from the crisis. It compares resources across countries so that areas for support can be easily identified. It provides a centralized place to find otherwise hard-to-find data to enable policymakers, journalists, and citizens to better understand and manage the crisis.
Because none of us are safe until all of us are safe.