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: