COVID-19 in Africa: a challenging road to recovery

The current health crisis has exposed the fragile nature of health systems in Africa according to a new report from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. One of the main challenges facing health systems is the lack of data in some countries. The report further indicated that more than 50% of children in Africa do not have a legal existence because they were not registered at birth. Moreover, on the continent, only 10% of deaths are officially registered, against 98% in Europe. These low rates pose a problem at a time when countries around the world are meticulously recording people who have died from Covid. According to the report, African countries that have the highest general death rates are also those that are recording the highest numbers of covid cases.