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Assessing COVID-19 and telemedicine collaboration on energy and internet communications technology: implications for health in Africa

Source The BRICS in Africa: promoting development?
Authors Y. AprilL. Mengdi
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
Print HSRC Library: shelf number 9812773
handle 20.500.11910/20325
COVID-19 has propelled us all faster towards a digital world as we adapt to distance learning, working from home, telehealth and online shopping, putting technology at the centre of economic life. The pandemic has also exposed Africa's weak healthcare system, weak infrastructure and dependence on the BRICS countries (in particular India and China for imports of critical products like personal protective equipment and pharmaceuticals). The majority of patients in sub-Saharan Africa have very limited or no access to healthcare clinics and basic healthcare services. Health development remains a continental challenge, as approximately 12% of the total population worldwide lives in Africa, yet Africa bears the highest disease burden worldwide (AfDB 2013). Moreover, Africa has 71% of the global distribution of communicable diseases that can be addressed through telemedicine (AfDB 2013).