Study shows how African health services are handling disruptions caused by COVID-19

In our first episode, presenter Selly Amutabi brings you stories about how health services have been coping with disruptions caused by efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

We look into how COVID-19 has affected the prioritization of resources, such as reproductive health services.

In Tanzania, young women and men feel discouraged from collecting contraception from health facilities because of coronavirus infection fears and social stigma.

It hasn't been easy accessing family planning or any sexual reproductive health services, because of all the panic and all the tension over COVID-19."

Aisha Matiko, Restless Development, Tanzania

Reporter Sarah Natoolo visits a cancer treatment centre in Uganda and hears how patients are struggling to access treatment. Patients and doctors have been unable to travel to meet appointments due to lockdowns.

Josephine Ogiyo has breast cancer. She and fellow patients have been forced to sleep outside the institute, in the country's capital Kampala.

"We are sleeping under the veranda," she tells Africa Science Focus. "If it is raining we have to stand up. We have nothing, no clothes and no blankets."

"We only have one cancer treatment centre in the whole country," says Uganda Cancer Society executive director Paul Ebusu. "When the lockdown happened, you can imagine that all the patients across the country were actually stuck, so there has been a lot of distress among patients."

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