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Mo Ibrahim Foundation calls for coordinated governance and better data to combat COVID-19

Africa needs coordinated governance, improved healthcare structures and better data to help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Based on data and indices collated from the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), only 10 African countries provide free and universal health care to their citizens, while healthcare in 22 countries is neither free nor universal.

“Governments need to make swift improvements in handling and improving access to basic health services,” the foundation said today in a report.

Data coverage on health facilities and health outcomes in Africa is also low.

Only eight African countries have complete birth registration systems, the report finds.

“Quality statistics, and the funding and autonomy of National Statistics Offices, are essential for all stages of evidence-based decision-making and policy formulation, namely in health care,” it says.

Africa must also create a coordinated and organised response to the virus.

If it does not, the virus could reverse the positive growth of the past decade and impact areas where Africa has steadily progressed, be it the fight against malaria or against poverty, it warns.

Read the full report here: https://mo.ibrahim.foundation/sites/default/files/2020-03/2020%20COVID-19%20in%20Africa_1.pdf

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