The Impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s energy sector and the role of RE to empower a long term and sustainable recovery

For several weeks now, Africa has been fighting against an invisible enemy: COVID-19. Although the spread in the continent is much lower than in other parts of the world today, it is not less worrying considering the limited capabilities and resources of African countries to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of the virus, from a public health, social and economic context. Limited access in the continent to electricity particularly in health centers and facilities increases the vulnerability to COVID-19. As Africa strives to sustain gains in reducing lack of access to electricity to more than 600 million people today, putting the access agenda among the priorities in the health sectors has become timely.