The All-Africa Students Union has received with delight, the news of the decision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to give active and essential health assistance to other African countries to aid the Continental efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as schools begin to re-open in certain parts of the Continent.
15 African countries, from the various sub-regions of the Continent, by the kind gesture of His Majesty King Mohammed VI (May God Help Him) have received protective medical equipment to support their COVID-19 response efforts – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, Chad and Zambia. This initiative is a commendable example of Africans helping Africans.
With a support package comprising nearly 8 million face masks, 900,000 visors, 600,000 hygiene caps, 60,000 coats, 30,000 liters of hydroalcoholic gel, as well as 75,000 packs of chloroquine and 15,000 packs of Azithromycin, this move will surely help the Continent to battle the coronavirus. It is also noteworthy that, all the items donated were procured from local Moroccan companies with the aim of retaining capital and providing a boost to the local economy.
With over 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa, pragmatic, effective and timeous interventions are needed to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The kind gesture of His Majesty King Mohammed VI is an example of how African countries can provide much-needed support to each other. As Africans, we must look within before we look outside for help.
AASU calls on all other African countries to follow this sterling example and support one another according to their strength. If we are to defeat this virus that is wreaking havoc across the world, we can only do so together.
Long live the Pan-African Spirit! Long Live King Mohammed VI.
Peter Kwasi KODJIE
All Africa Students Union (AASU)
ALL-AFRICA STUDENTS UNION (AASU) OVERVIEW
The All-Africa Students Union (AASU), formed in 1972, organizes all students in Africa – from the basic level to Institutions of higher learning. The Union has presence in all 54 African Countries, albeit, headquartered in Ghana under a headquarter agreement with the Government of Ghana. AASU’s core activities are focused on a broad range of issues affecting students or have the tendency to affect students, including but not limited to the 7 strategic priorities of the Union – Education & Students Rights, Capacity Building, Gender Advocacy, Environment & Climate Action, Pan-Africanism & African Culture, Migration & Mobility, Democracy & Good Governance.
AASU’s Strategic Priorities are fully aligned to the UN and AU’s development priorities as articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 respectively. In addition, these priorities complement the global efforts to build a relevant contemporary human capital, capable of fitting into the global citizen ecosystem. In the year 2000, the UN awarded AASU a certificate of merit in recognition of the Union’s efforts at advancing students’