Peacebuilding – Analysis and Comment

Millions of poor South Africans rely on social grants, including the child support grant, just to survive. PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa can – and should – top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis

To support precarious households that can't access existing relief during lockdown and its aftermath, the government should implement a temporary increase in the value of the child support grant.
Doctors Without Borders supporters march in protest to the American Consulate in Johannesburg in 2012 over lack of funding to fight HIV. Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

TB, HIV and COVID-19: urgent questions as three epidemics collide

Very little is known about the relationship between COVID-19 and HIV and TB. What is known is that people's lungs are affected by all three.
A woman flashes the V for victory sign as Sudanese protesters demonstrate in Khartoum on July 25, 2019. Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

How the people of Sudan pulled off an improbable revolution

Remaining nonviolent despite enormous provocation made it difficult for the regime to depict the movement in a negative light
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a national lockdown as a result of COVID-19. EPA/picture supplied by GCIS (Government Information Services)

COVID-19: the cure could be worse than the disease for South Africa

Epidemiology is only one of the inputs that should be considered in designing public health policy response to COVID-19 pandemic. The wider social and economic contexts must be factored in too.
A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences

Social distancing is impossible in much of Africa, and its economic consequences may lead to a famine that is worse than the pandemic. Prevention measures must consider the African context.