Negative Impacts of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from the ARISE Network Rapid Monitoring Survey


This is a collection of articles on the negative impacts of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The Africa Research, Implementation Science, and Education (ARISE) Network surveyed adolescents, adults, and health care workers in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Nigeria using a mobile phone platform. Results of these surveys are reported in this collection.




"COVID-19 has had a negative impact on the lives of people in sub-Saharan Africa, including health care workers and adolescents. While the direct impact of the disease and associated mortality may have been relatively limited, compared to impacts in other regions, the indirect effects on livelihood, food security, nutritional status, education, and medium to long term economic development appear to have been substantial, based on this informative series of surveys by the ARISE network.” – Philip Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.



Short and potentially long term negative impacts of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa: evidence from the ARISE Network Rapid Monitoring Survey

Davidson H. Hamer



Impact of COVID-19 on Nutrition, Food Security, and Dietary Diversity and Quality in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Nigeria

Isabel Madzorera, Abbas Ismail, Elena C. Hemler, Michelle L. Korte, Adedokun A. Olufemi, Dongqing Wang, Nega Assefa, Firehiwot Workneh, Bruno Lankoande, Angela Chukwu, Millogo Ourohire, Josiemer Mattei, Abdramane Soura, Yemane Berhane, Ali Sie, Ayoade Oduola, and Wafaie W. Fawzi


Design and Field Methods of the ARISE Network COVID-19 Rapid Monitoring Survey

Elena C. Hemler, Michelle L. Korte, Bruno Lankoande, Ourohire Millogo, Nega Assefa, Angela Chukwu, Firehiwot Workneh, Amani Tinkasimile, Isaac Lyatuu, Abdramane Soura, Dongqing Wang, Isabel Madzorera, Said Vuai, Till Barnighausen, Mary Mwanyika Sando, Japhet Killewo, Ayoade Oduola, Ali Sie, Yemane Berhane, and Wafaie W. Fawzi


Reported Barriers to Healthcare Access and Service Disruptions Caused by COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Nigeria: A Telephone Survey

Nega Assefa, Ali Sie, Dongqing Wang, Michelle L. Korte, Elena C. Hemler, Yasir Y. Abdullahi, Bruno Lankoande, Ourohire Millogo, Angela Chukwu, Firehiwot Workneh, Phyllis Kanki, Till Baernighausen, Yemane Berhane, Wafaie W. Fawzi, and Ayoade Oduola


The COVID-19 Pandemic and Adolescents’ Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cross-Country Study Using a Telephone Survey

Dongqing Wang, Angela Chukwu, Ourohire Millogo, Nega Assefa, Christabel James, Tara Young, Bruno Lankoande, Firehiwot Workneh, Elena C. Hemler, Michelle L. Korte, Josiemer Mattei, Abdramane Bassiahi Soura, Ali Sie, Ayoade Oduola, Yemane Berhane, and Wafaie W. Fawzi


COVID-19 Knowledge, Perception, Preventive Measures, Stigma, and Mental Health Among Healthcare Workers in Three Sub-Saharan African Countries: A Phone Survey

Nega Assefa, Abdramane Soura, Elena C. Hemler, Michelle L. Korte, Dongqing Wang, Yasir Y. Abdullahi, Bruno Lankoande, Ourohire Millogo, Angela Chukwu, Firehiwot Workneh, Ali Sie, Yemane Berhane, Till Barnighausen, Ayoade Oduola,9 and Wafaie W. Fawzi


Knowledge and Practice Related to COVID-19 and Mental Health among Adults in Sub-Saharan Africa

Firehiwot Workneh, Dongqing Wang, Ourohire Millogo, Alemayehu Worku, Angela Chukwu, Bruno Lankoande, Nega Assefa, Elena C. Hemler, Michelle L. Korte, Abdramane Soura, Ayoade Oduola, Ali Sie, Wafaie W. Fawzi, and Yemane Berhane