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World will survive COVID-19 only if 'swift action' taken to help Africa, UN humanitarian says

Virus could wreak the kind of havoc last seen during HIV/AIDS pandemic: Stephen Lewis

March 25, 2020

Matt Galloway and Idella Sturino, Toronto, Canada, CBC Radio: The Current

Diplomat and humanitarian Stephen Lewis says the COVID-19 pandemic could be as devastating to the African continent as HIV/AIDS was, unless more is done to stop the virus' spread.

Lewis told The Current's host Matt Galloway that the fragility of African health systems, limited numbers of medical professionals and health-care workers and a lack of adequate equipment all make the region particularly vulnerable.

"All of this is so minimal on the continent that if the coronavirus hits in a brutal and ferocious way, as is predicted by some, then we will experience again the kind of devastation that we saw during the height of the AIDS pandemic in the late 90s and early 2000s. And it is just a nightmare," he said.

In addition, techniques which are key to fighting the virus — such as hand-washing and social distancing — are not achievable in all countries. Lewis pointed out that parts of Zimbabwe only have access to water during certain hours of the day. And people living in Africa's biggest slum, Kibera, outside Nairobi, won't be able to maintain physical distance given crowded conditions. 

"The things we take for granted in our western community are not easily adapted to Africa," said Lewis.

Read the full article and listen to the conversation here. 



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World will survive COVID-19 only if 'swift action' taken to help Africa, UN humanitarian says March 25, 2020

Matt Galloway and Idella Sturino, Toronto, Canada, CBC Radio: The Current

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