ACE for Impact Centres and COVID-19

 Activities in many African higher education institutions (HEIs) were suspended by their governments in order to contain the spread of the virus. Many of these institutions are host universities of the Africa Centres of Excellence for Development Impact Project (ACE Impact) and as a result, activities of these Centres were affected. However, it is pleasing to note that the ACEs have initiated measures to support the containment and management of the virus in all 11 participating countries within the West African sub region.

This page has been created for two reasons:

  1. To profile the contributions by the ACE Impact Centers and partners in responding to the COVID-19 particularly focusing on three main areas namely, Innovations in teaching and learning, Innovations in research and community service.
  2. To share relevant resources for use by the African Higher Education community in order to cope with COVID-19 lockdowns and related disruptions

Resources recommended to the ACE for Impact Centres and African HEIs

How the ACEs in West Africa are responding to COVID-19

In response to governments’ declarations on Higher Education closure as a result of COVID, The Association of African Universities, the Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) for ACE Impact,  in collaboration with the World Bank conducted a survey to understand steps taken by the ACEs in addressing the pandemic and ensure continuous teaching and learning. Even though the ACE Impact Centers are facing numerous challenges, they are still contributing their quota in helping countries within the West African sub-region manage the crisis. The Centers have so far responded to the COVID19 pandemic by using technology for teaching, learning and research; engaging in innovative and groundbreaking research activities and participating in community outreach activities and services.

Below are some of the initiatives being implemented by the Centers:

  1. African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases(ACEGID) is the first Africa institution to successfully sequence SARS COV-2
  2. West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), Ghana successfully sequence SARS COV-2 
  3. 2iE produces sanitizers for communities in Burkina Faso
  4. Centre for Training and Medical Research (CFOREM) produces hydro-alcoholic solution for communities in Burkina Faso
  5. African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases(ACEGID) develops COVID 19 screening tool to measure individual risk level
  6. ACEs bridging skill gaps in Africa 
  7. Nigerian Government turns to universities ACEs to tackle COVID-19  
  8. African Centres of Excellence tasked to combat Corona virus
  9. African researchers lead scientific coalition developing surveillance system for detecting emerging pandemics in real-time

Please read this article that gives more details about how each ACE is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting its communities: 

Update on World Bank/ AAU COVID Task force Activities


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