Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 PERC is set to launch to a regional report Pandemic Impact on African Communities come Thursday, 24th of September 2020.
PERC a consortium of global public health organizations and private sector firms that includes Africa CDC, suggests that the pandemic is affecting the poorest and most vulnerable people most, and widened inequalities along existing lines.
In a released issued on Friday by the Associate Director, Communications “for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator” Rolf Rosenkranz reveals that new data from 18 Member States showed how the pandemic continues to impact communities, including disrupting essential health services.
According to the statement, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact societies, not only in terms of health but also in social and economic conditions and day-to-day life.
“This document provides the findings from public opinion polls in 18 African Union Member States to understand the public’s knowledge, risk perception, attitudes, and access to information, reactions, behaviors, and practices related to COVID-19.
“Support and adherence for personal Public Health and Social Measures (PHSMs) such as washing hands are relatively strong. Both support and adherence are relatively lower for public gathering PHSMs, and lowest for stay-at-home orders that restrict economic mobility.
“The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on essential health services. Of those requiring health care services (48% of the sample), 45% have delayed, skipped, or were unable to obtain services required. This proportion is slightly higher among those who report having long-standing health issues.
“Respondents reported considerable burdens from lost income and food insecurity. Overall, seven in ten respondents indicated they have experienced a barrier to accessing food, such as high prices or lower income. A majority of those polled said their income is lower now compared to this time last year, and two in five respondents reported spending more hours on unpaid work such as childcare.
“The countries includes the English, French and/or Portuguese countries comprises; Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.”