Early estimates of COVID-19 infections in small, medium and large population clusters

Amir Siraj, Alemayehu Worku, Kiros Berhane, Maru Aregawi, Munir Eshetu, Alemnesh Mirkuzie, Yemane Berhane, Dawd Siraj Abstract Introduction Since its emergence in late December 2019, COVID-19 has rapidly developed into a pandemic in mid of March with many countries suffering heavy human loss and declaring emergency conditions to contain its spread. The impact of the disease, while it has been relatively low in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as of May 2020, is feared to be potentially devastating given the less developed and fragmented healthcare system in the continent. In addition,…

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What questions we should be asking about COVID-19 in humanitarian settings: perspectives from the Social Sciences Analysis Cell in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Simone E Carter, Nina Gobat, Jérôme Pfaffmann Zambruni, Juliet Bedford, Esther van Kleef, Thibaut Jombart, Mathias Mossoko, Dorothée Bulemfu Nkakirande, Carlos Navarro Colorado, Steve Ahuka-Mundeke Summary box • Social sciences research for epidemic response has evolved to provide critical evidence needed for outbreak prevention and control and is most impactful when included as part of a multidisciplinary, integrated package. • Outbreak analytics is a data science which encompasses multiple methods in epidemiological analysis and modelling to inform outbreak response. We propose to complement this with data and analytical approaches from…

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Activist turns adversity into a fresh start for refugee women

Congolese rights activist Sabuni Francoise Chikunda is the regional winner for Africa for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for her work with fellow refugees in Uganda. By Catherine Wachiaya in Nairobi, Kenya and Yonna Tukundane in Nakivale, Uganda | 21 September 2020 To the children at the reception centre, the 49-year-old with a ready smile is a dedicated English teacher. To the women who meet every day to make handicrafts and discuss matters of concern at the Kabazana women’s centre, she is their founder and chairperson. And to the hundreds…

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