Project

Outbreak: Africa’s Data Journalism Alliance Against COVID-19

Washing your hands is the most important defense against COVID-19. But what happens to millions of Africans without reliable access to water?

While the North focuses on infection and mortality rates, the developing world is still struggling to understand how pre-existing health challenges, like endemic tuberculosis, and underdeveloped healthcare infrastructure will compound coronavirus impacts in already fragile societies.

Code for Africa's coalition of mainstream African newsrooms and scientists work to improve data-driven decision-making by developing interactive tools and data journalism on the factors of health and social vulnerability, mobility between communities, and access to health infrastructure and water. This reporting will also look into the effects of prolonged lockdowns on employment and society, while also spotlighting the disproportionate impact on African women.

Code for Africa's partners on this project include: The Guardian (Nigeria), PesaCheck - a fact-checking initiative (Pan-African), News24 (South Africa), Arxiv Africa (Pan-African), New Vision (Uganda), Star (Kenya), and WanaData Africa - a network of African women data scientists and data journalists (Pan-African).

Broken Girls and Broken Boys—Trapped Under COVID-19 Lockdown (Part II)

Since the lockdown commenced in Nigeria, children experiencing abuse of all forms have been badly hit. Rescue centers haven’t been operating fully, places to escape are either non-existent in their area or too far away to run to, and many homes and shelters have refused to admit children for fear of contaminating the other kids with COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19: For Victims of Abuse, Social Distancing Makes Things Worse

While the months-long lockdown imposed by the government to check the spread of coronavirus lasted, activists and authorities in Nigeria reported an increase in gender-based violence as victims were forced to stay more closely with their abusers, and found it more difficult to seek help due to the restriction of movement.