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Ghana’s Finance Minister is the First High-Level African Official to Publicly Call on China for Debt Relief

Ghana's Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta became the first senior-level African official to specifically call on China for help in relieving the spiraling African debt crisis. Until now, African leaders had issued general appeals to the "international community" for debt relief but never mentioned any individual creditors like ...

Shipment of Chinese-government COVID-19 Aid Arrives in Ghana and Will be Distributed to 18 African Countries

37.6 tons of PPE and other COVID-19 aid arrived at Accra's international airport on Monday as part of a large-scale Chinese government relief operation to provide badly-needed medical supplies to 18 African countries. The supplies contain personal protection equipment ...

Don’t Write Off China’s Medical Diplomacy in Africa Just Because Nigeria Isn’t Happy About It

There's no doubt that the tremendous backlash against the plan to send an 18-person Chinese medical team to Nigeria is catching Beijing off guard. After all, this isn't how it's supposed to go. In Italy and Serbia, Chinese medical staff were received like heroes coming to save ...

Amid Mounting Fury Over the Arrival of a Chinese Medical Team, Nigerian Leaders Agree to Some Ground Rules

New ground rules have been set for the 18-member Chinese medical team that is expected to arrive in Nigeria sometime this week to help the country combat the spread of COVID-19. Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, met with health ministry officials on Monday to determine the ...

Q&A: Infographic Shows How COVID-19 Made it to Africa

A volunteer group of young professionals and graduate students from around the world recently published a compelling new infographic that uses publicly available datasets to visualize how COVID-19 made its way to Africa. What's interesting here is that despite the widespread concern in many African countries that ...

The Historical Irony That Brits Would be Calling on China to Pay Reparations Over COVID-19

Lagos-based international affairs analyst and CAP columnist Ovigwe Egegu noted the historical irony today about British calls for China to pay reparations for the COVID-19 outbreak.  ...

President Kenyatta Joins Chorus of African Leaders Calling for Emergency Debt Relief

The Kenya State House public a four-part Twitter thread that renewed calls on behalf of African leaders for emergency debt relief to handle the burgeoning economic and public health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. President Uhuru Kenyatta met with his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa ...

Nigerian Public Health Authorities Struggle to Dispel Rumors That Donated Chinese Test Kits are Infected with COVID-19

Nigeria's Center for Disease Control is the latest government agency to rebut false allegations that the test kits recently donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma came infected with COVID-19.  Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, labeled the ...

China Sends Medical Teams to Africa as Part of New, Stepped-up Aid Push

China is boosting its COVID-19 aid efforts in Africa by sending medical teams to various countries and also connecting local health providers across the continent with infectious disease experts back in China. The deployment of medical personnel to countries like Algeria and, soon, Nigeria, is part of ...

The U.S. is Falling Behind in the Race for the COVID-19 Narrative

Few names are as closely associated with philanthropy as Bill Gates. As the second richest person alive, he has used his immense wealth to improve global health through his charitable organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation gave over $4 billion in grants in 2017, ...
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