What the COVID-19 pandemic means for sub-Saharan African countries

Alimoğlu O. , Kılıç F., Erol C. I. , Eren T. T.

International Journal of Human and Health Sciences, vol.5, no.1, pp.127-128, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.31344/ijhhs.v5i1.248
  • Title of Journal : International Journal of Human and Health Sciences
  • Page Numbers: pp.127-128


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may cause a significant loss of life in sub-

Saharan African countries. According to the Africa Centers for Disease Control, on June

1st, 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases within Africa reached 147,099. Simultaneously,

in sub-Saharan African countries, the number of cases reached 34,888, while 707 patients

had died. As of June 1st, 2020, a total of 885,632 tests had been carried out in sub-Saharan

Africa which stands for a testing rate of 0.77 per thousand people such that the testing

rates of Niger, Chad and South Sudan were found to be 0.18, 0.17 and 0.31, respectively.

Considering poor healthcare capacities of its countries, sub-Saharan Africa is vulnerable

to possible consequences of the pandemic. It is difficult to treat a disease on the African

continent, but preventive measures are possible. Therefore, it is necessary to accelerate

training activities and take preventive measures in the region.