COVID-19 Programming, News, and Information

The impact of COVID-19 is aggravated by the social and economic aftermath: job losses, school closures, increased poverty. These effects are largely borne by vulnerable populations globally, including in Africa and among Indigenous communities in Canada. Unchecked, the pandemic could erode hard-earned development gains and threaten social stability.

Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program

We’re working with our partners to overcome this global challenge. The Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program has enabled us to scale up rather than scale back our support to young people and communities. Together, with our partners and others, we will continue to work towards seeing young people, especially young women, access quality education, skills, financial services, and dignified work.


This website will feature the latest status and data on COVID-19 in Africa. Data is sourced directly from the World Health Organization (WHO) and provides an overview of case numbers across the continent and by country. Information about minimizing the spread of the virus, what to do if you’re displaying symptoms, and COVID-19 “myth-busting is also available.

Public Awareness Campaign – Africa

As part of the  COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, we’re running a public awareness campaign sharing timely, accurate information about the virus, how it is spread, and how young people are adapting to their new reality.

Watch for information about basics of the disease, including preventative measures such as sanitation and hygiene — all in an effort to help individuals make informed decisions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. We’re also planning on engaging young people and share their stories about their experiences navigating life during the global pandemic.

COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program Announcements

Find out more about the work being done through the COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program.

Stories of Resilience and Innovation

Young people are shifting and adapting to address challenges we're all facing due to COVID-19.

Feature Stories

Diagnostic start-up, KNUST Develop Rapid COVID-19 Test

Test developed by Incas Diagnostics detects COVID-19 antibodies in 20 minutes

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Anzisha Fellow Leveraging Network to Inform Rural Communities on COVID-19

MSME created to empower young women sharing information about how to prevent spread of the virus.

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