Health & Nutrition in Africa


Research and materials addressing key issues on health from an African perspective.

Ensuring healthy lives is at the heart of both the global and Africa’s agendas. Agenda 2063 recognises that human capital development, achieved through quality education and health services, will be a key driver of development on the African continent. A prosperous Africa needs to be built on inclusive growth and sustainable development, and a large part of this is citizens’ access to good health and nutrition. To achieve a people-driven African continent, we need to improve health outcomes for all Africans, with a focus on women and girls.

Agenda 2063 commits African states to halve the levels of malnutrition and of maternal, child and neo-natal deaths; to reduce HIV-AIDS and malaria-related deaths by half, to address the issues of access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Africa hosts most of the world’s countries with the worst performance in health with indicators such as those measuring maternal and infant mortality. The change will be to establish health as a human right, equity, accountable health systems, gender equality, and regional cooperation.

MIF research and data on COVID-19 in Africa

Using data from the IIAG, COVID-19 in Africa: a challenging road to recovery outlines ten key governance challenges, across health, the economy and society, that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. It also provides new insights on the continent’s potential to respond.

The 2021 Ibrahim Forum Report, COVID-19 in Africa one year on: impact and prospects, provides a comprehensive assessment of the health, economic, social and political impacts of the pandemic in Africa, and the opportunity to define and drive a new growth model for the continent.

In 2020, the Foundation published an analysis of Africa’s readiness and capacity to manage the pandemic. It draws on a wealth of data, statistics, and information from the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) and other sources.

in 2021, the Foundation released a statement calling for vaccine access as a matter of global security.

Now Generation Network survey

Drawing on the views of 143 members of the Foundation’s Now Generation Network (NGN) – a group of young and mid-level career African citizens from various sectors and disciplines, representing 35 African countries – COVID-19 in Africa: what does it mean for young people? analyses youth perspectives on the challenges Africa faces as a result of COVID-19.

2021 Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW)

Held in June 2021, in a virtual format for the first time, the IGW brought together leaders from across Africa and beyond to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the continent and the path to recovery. Discussions over the three days were informed by the 2021 Forum Report, a comprehensive, data-driven analysis of COVID-19’s impact in Africa.

The 2021 Now Generation Forum (NGF) convened over 100 young leaders from across Africa to discuss the same topics. NGF representatives participated in the Ibrahim Forum, ensuring that the high-level debate reflected the perspectives, expectations and experiences of the continent’s majority – its youth.

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COVID-19 in Africa

A challenging road to recovery

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COVID-19 in Africa one year on

impact and prospects

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COVID-19 in Africa

A call for coordinated governance, improved health structures and better data

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Africa and Europe

Facts and Figures on COVID-19 Vaccination

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Vaccines for Africa is a Matter of Global Security

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COVID-19 in Africa

What does it mean for young people?

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Data stories

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