The World Health Organization says it is especially women on the African continent that have been severely negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

New research shows that up to 40% of African countries have reported continued disruptions to sexual, reproductive, maternal, and child & adolescent health services, since the onset of the pandemic.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says with International Women’s Day being celebrated today, it is important that governments improve their interventions to counteract these negative effects.

Moeti says teenage pregnancies and incidences of gender-based violence have also increased.

Read Moeti’s full statement here.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says there should be greater cooperation between African countries to boost trade on the continent.

He says this will also ensure faster growth of the African economy, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ramaphosa was addressing delegates at this year’s Intra-African Trade Fair.

The trade fair focuses on discussions around the recently-launched African Continental Free Trade Area.

Ramaphosa says African economies are some of the worst affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

Read the President’s full address here.

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