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Africa Day: Silencing the Guns, Creating inductive Conditions for Africa's Development amongst COVID-19




Posted: 25 May 2020

Today we celebrate Africa Day to Silence the Guns while Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development and Intensifying the Fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic. Africa Day is commemorated to reflect on successes and progress made by the African Union since its inception on 25 May 1963.

Beginning of May 2020, 43 African countries had closed their borders with some having implemented nationwide lockdowns, night-time curfews as well as limited public gatherings to combat the spread of COVID-19. To this end the African Union has developed a Joint Continental Strategy to guide cooperation between member states and has also established a COVID-19 Response Fund.

 Whilst the continent faces severe constraints on PPE, testing kits, and ventilators we have seen our continent rise to the occasion with stories of excellence and inter-continental collaboration. African nations are producing testing kits with Senegal having reached advanced stages of developing a low-cost testing kit. 25 African countries have registered clinical trials for possible COVID-19 treatments. This contributes positively to the African Union's slogan of building the Africa we want.

As a result, the African response to the coronavirus pandemic has received widespread praise. Despite the multitude of resource challenges, they face, African countries have come together in remarkable ways, united by a common purpose.

In his weekly newsletter President Ramaphosa said that Africa Day in 2020 is a reminder that the solutions to Africa’s problems indeed reside within Africa itself and that while the coronavirus pandemic is not just an African problem alone the continent has demonstrated its capabilities of agility and ingenuity.

Whether it is in repurposing health protocols used with other infectious disease outbreaks, rapidly deploying health care workers to communities, or in launching mobile COVID-19 testing labs to improve national testing capacities, Africa is working proactively to overcome this global threat.

Join President Cyril Ramaphosa and other AU leaders on all major news channels and social media platforms today at 13:00


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