The World Health Organization this week designated the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. While numbers from China where it started seem to indicate that it is getting better there, infections have exploded in other areas of the world and many African countries are registering cases.
CODESRIA has being tracking the outbreak and assessing its potential impact on the Council’s activities and the work of the community it serves. Given the evolution of the pandemic and its impact on certain vulnerable populations as well as society at large, CODESRIA has taken the following measures:
1. CODESRIA will not hold any activities requiring the gathering of significant numbers of people (conferences, workshops, institutes, meetings of its organs) from March to May 2020. New dates will be announced for any activities planned for these months. Decisions will be made later on activities planned for the rest of the year based on how the pandemic evolves.
2. CODESRIA is cancelling all work-related travel of Secretariat staff outside of Senegal where its offices are located.
3. The Council will do its best to continue to provide agreed on and scheduled support to participants in its research, training and publications activities during this period while keeping in mind that the pandemic may disrupt the work of members of its community.
The Council continues to monitor the situation and will announce new measures governing our work as the pandemic unfolds.