The Debate

How's West Africa doing? Covid-19 tests region's resilience

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24

What's West Africa learned since the Ebola pandemic? When's the right moment to ease lockdown? What are the conditions for staging elections during the current crisis? As the pressure builds to re-open the economy, François Picard's panel looks at the sanitary challenges for a region that's shown both resilience and clear signs that it should not rely on the outside world to fix weak public health sectors or – in the case of the Sahel – more outside help in the fight against radical insurgencies.

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On that score, how are leaders with an authoritarian bent using Covid-19 as an excuse to tighten the screws?

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