#OneFightAgainstCorona (Part 6)

#OneFightAgainstCorona (Part 6)

__Understanding results from the surveys… What can you see?

First of all, thank you for helping to complete the COVID-19 impact surveys. As surveys go, we’ve had a very good response. What many people did not appreciate, however, was that we have been tracking the results from the survey #RealTime, and live! Yes, the platform has been tabulating the results from the survey, and it has policymakers all over Africa, and the world really interested.

Now for those of you who have not seen the results #RealTime, I need you to clink on this link: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/views/map

Use the toolbar to see the results: I really want you to play with the toolbar to see the results and the graphs. For instance, did you know that if you tap the figures on the map it will dig deeper for you?

Here is an example: “How many people have reported that they are in “self-isolation” because they either have symptoms, or suspected they have been infected in any of these countries: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria?

Did you notice that the survey is suggesting that the number of people who are in self-isolation, or positive, is much higher than some governments have reported?! Eieeeshh…

__Data is only as good as we are able to read it properly, interpret it, and use it properly!

For this week’s exercise, I want you to study all our results, and tell me what you “see”. I will personally call (on Sasai, of course) those with the top 5 observations (as soon as I get time).

Please continue to fill in the surveys! Our lobby for $100bn Africa Stimulus plan gained a lot of momentum over recent weeks. Finance ministers from over 30 African countries met, and formally made an global appeal for $100bn relief for Africa, including support for African businesses, big and small. African presidents also met (online) and formally appealed to the G20 countries to help!

You did it! They heard you…

Now we have to get Europe and China to put some money on the table.

Whilst you may be one of the hundreds of millions around the world in lockdown or self-isolation, you can still help us in this crisis. How? Please fill out the surveys below if you haven’t already, and share them with your networks. Also refer everyone to the results here: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/views/map and ask them to try out the toolbars. Here are the surveys once again for those who missed out last time:

#1. SME Business Impact Survey: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/5

#2. Self-Isolation Survey: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/2

#3. Working-from-Home Survey: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/7

#4. General COVID-19 Knowledge Survey: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/8

#5. Social Distancing Impact Survey: – https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/9

Finally: I posted this example of making face masks from the US Surgeon General:

What a business opportunity for some of you: #MakeMasks from your homes! You should also include a “How to Use” flyer that goes with them, because using masks improperly can be dangerous. You can put those instructions in your own languages…

What else can YOU do, safely, right where you are? Each and every person can and must play a part.

To be continued. . .

Author:Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.

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