Curtailment of these services by COVID-19 for six months could see new child HIV infections rise drastically, by as much as 37 per cent in Mozambique, 78 per cent in Malawi, 78 per cent in Zimbabwe and 104 per cent in Uganda.
According to WHO, in six days, some the number of confirmed cases in some African countries has risen by over 150 cases. Countries such as Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and Guinea have seen reported exponential increases. On average the continent records 500 new cases of COVID-19 every day.
Until the termination of the funding, the United States was the largest contributor to WHO. Financial statements presented at the World Health Assembly last year show that the United States contributions stood at USD 281 million, followed by the United Kingdom at USD 205 million, Germany at154 million and Japan at USD 86 million.
According to WHO officials, scrutiny is needed to ascertain whether the right numbers of infected persons are being reported. There have been reports of some African countries like Egypt are under-declaring the number of infected persons.
The study titled, ‘Preparedness and Vulnerability of African Countries against Importations of COVID-19: Modelling Study’ shows that countries within the East Africa bloc have moderately low chances of getting the disease from China