On March the 11th 2020, the WHO Director-General (World Health Organization) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has announced Covid-19 to be no longer an epidemic, but a pandemic spread all over the world.
As it happened across the world, in Africa as well, the virus is outlining the structural problems common to many countries: above all, the critical condition of the health system, especially in rural areas. Africa has no intensive care and has 5 beds for one million of inhabitants (Source: WHO).
It is estimated that in Senegal there is one hospital bed for every 1400 people (Source: WHO) and, in rural areas, medical facilities are mainly off-grid or only partially electrified. In addition to the problem of lighting, medicines storing and work tools sterilization, rural hospitals are lacking adequate ventilation systems, that guarantee a sufficient liveability of the spaces, and the possibility of charging cell phones to allow health workers to be always connected.
A very critical set of elements needed to face a world emergency as the COVID-19.