Tackling COVID-19

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the world and has sent a shock wave globally with a greater impact on the governments and populace. It is evidently clear that the global spread of COVID-19 has been hard, particularly on America, Italy, Spain, and some other countries in Europe, but the infection rate has been generally quite low in Africa, a fact that could be attributed to the low testing capacity of most African nations, or to other factors yet to be determined. The relatively lower infection rates in Africa should be seen as a good opportunity for the nations to prepare well for the pandemic. In order to be proactive in its response, ASRIC has urgently assembled some eminent scientists and professionals to help Africa tackle the effects of the pandemic. The ASRIC’s intervention in tackling COVID-19 is through the formation of the following:

ASRIC Advisory Board on STI Intervention for COVID-19

This Board is to advise and guide ASRIC’s intervention in the pandemic through formulating policies/guidelines, research and development plans and activities with emphasis on getting the right diagnosis, therapy, and vaccines among others.

Working Group to Study the Impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s Food and Nutritional Security

The objective of this working group is to develop a guided response that will minimize the impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s Food and Nutrition Security in order to ensure the wellbeing of Africa’s citizens.

Working Group to Study the Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 on Africa

This objective of this working group is to develop, guide and advice on how to ameliorate the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic among others.

Working Group on Africa’s Indigenous Knowledge to Preventing and Controlling Emerging Infectious Diseases on the Continent like COVID-19

The objective is to develop and implement Afro-centric response to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases building on the Africa’s abundant indigenous knowledge rooted in Africa’s ethno geographical and cultural characteristics through an R&D.