Responding to COVID-19 in African Countries

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact societies, not only in terms of health, but also social and economic conditions and day-to-day life.

Ipsos conducted public opinion polls on behalf of the Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC), a consortium of global public health organisations and private sector firms. PERC was created in March 2020 with the objective of providing African Union Member States with real-time information and guidance to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the continent.

The polling was conducted in 18 African Union Member States to understand the public’s knowledge, risk perception, attitudes, access to information, reactions, behaviours and practices related to COVID-19.

Key findings in Ivory Coast:

  1. Support and adherence for personal Public Health and Social Measures (PHSMs): The majority of Ivorian respondents report high levels of support and adherence to personal PHSMs and nearly 70% favor loosening restrictions overall to boost the economy.
  2. Risk perceptions & information: Ivorians respondents’ perceptions of disease risk and severity are low, compared to other Member States that were surveyed. Misconceptions are widespread among Ivorian respondents, especially related to foreign interference.
  3. Essential health services: Households in Côte d’Ivoire are experiencing significant disruptions to essential health services during the COVID 19 crisis. A high proportion of Ivorian respondents who needed health care had difficulty accessing health care visits (37%) and medicines (33%). Vaccinations represent almost 20% of missed health care visits, which could have substantial health impacts and may require a policy response to strengthen prevention and ensure continued access to treatment.
  4. Economic burden & food security: Ivorian respondents are facing significant economic burdens with the vast majority reporting income losses (83%), and many are facing difficulty accessing food. Meanwhile, fewer than 10% of households reported receiving any additional government assistance in the past month.

This Executive Summary is supplemented by the Data Deck with the full set of data.

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