Some of the most vulnerable children and their families across Africa who depend on the informal economy for their livelihoods are and will increasingly be impacted by measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, Save the Children is warning, as the number of people on the continent infected with COVID-19 reached 10,000 yesterday
7th April, 2020 marks the start of the 26th commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. #Kwibuka26 provides an important opportunity to remember the victims of the genocide, preserve its evidence and educate about its history as well as the lessons that Rwanda. It is also the time to #Remember and honour the memory of the over one million victims, #Unite through the strength and dignity of our nation, and #Renew our determination to build a prosperous future for generations to come.
LONDON, March 27, 2020 – Swift action to contain the spread of coronavirus would save at least three million lives in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia according to new research from Imperial College, but this prediction understates the number of lives at stake, warns Save the Children. The Imperial College modelling compares different scenarios for the Covid-19 response. The first is early and decisive action to test and isolate cases, promote social distancing, and treat affected populations. This predicts 800,000 deaths. Delayed action increases that figure to almost four million deaths.
As the number of Covid-19 cases across the African continent rose dramatically this week, health systems that serve some of the most vulnerable and marginalised children and families in the world will come under ever-increasing strain, warns Save the Children. There are now at least 2,412 confirmed cases[i] across 43 countries in Africa - an increase of more than 500 per cent since 17 March[ii] - with only nine countries without a confirmed case.
In an effort to slow transmission rates of COVID-19 Save the Children Rwanda on the 16th of April launched an animated handwashing video, aimed at young children and families in Rwanda. This Animated Video, narrated by a young Rwandan girl child in Kinyarwanda with English subtitles, features an African girl child character taking us through steps in how every child can be a superhero in these times of coronavirus.
31st March, 2020, Kigali – Governments and communities must act now to ensure that millions of vulnerable children do not lose out on their education as schools close their gates to try and contain the Coronavirus outbreak, warns Save the Children.
The comprehensive report underlines that although children do not represent a high-risk group for direct COVID-19 fatality, the pandemic posts a far-reaching secondary impact that heightens risks to the rights and wellbeing of children in Africa. With the rapid spread of COVID-19, this pandemic is overburdening the under-resourced African health systems and disrupting routine health services, jeopardising Africa children’s access to formal learning, health and safety/protection, especially girls and this is unfolding in Africa against a backdrop of worrying hunger levels driven by climate shocks, conflict and economic challenges.