Were we sufficiently prepared? EU-funded researchers launch detailed study on the COVID-19 spread in the Mediterranean and Africa

April 22, 2020
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As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, EMEA-EMNES research teams have launched a detailed research study into the COVID-19 spread throughout the Mediterranean and Africa between February and April 2020.

Entitled “Diagnosis, Policy Responses, Preliminary Assessment and Way Forward”, the study is part of an EMEA policy research initiative on COVID-19, first made public on 18 March 2020. It has been led and coordinated by Prof. Rym Ayadi, President of EMEA and Director of EMNES and is the result of collaborative research and contributions from EMNES and EMEA researchers, fellows and experts from across the region.

Providing a comprehensive overview on the evolution of the viral contagion in the Mediterranean and Africa, it assesses the level of preparedness of national healthcare systems. The document examines the policy responses for containing the contagion and for mitigating the socio-economic consequences of the health crisis across ten countries: Italy, Spain, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) is a network of partners and associates research institutions and think tanks working on socio-economics in the Euro-Mediterranean. The EMNES project is co-funded by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA and the European Commission.


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Tunisia