Risk of healthcare worker burnout in africa during the covid-19 pandemic

Jose D. Debes, Nasreen S. Quadri, Amir Sultan, Mirghani Yousif, Sophia Ibrahim Ali, Johnstone Kayandabila, Ifeorah Ijeoma, Kenneth Ssebambulidde, Lucy Ochola, Abdelmajeed Moussa

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COVID-19 is now impacting every country in Africa and healthcare workers (HCWs) across the continent remain susceptible to professional burnout. We designed a 43-question survey addressing multiple aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was anonymous, distributed via email and phone messaging to 13 countries in Africa. We obtained 489 analyzable responses. 49% off HCWs reported a decrease in income, with the majority experiencing between 1–25% salary reduction. Sixty-six percent reported some access to personal protective equipment (PPE), 20% had no access to PPE and only 14% reported proper access. Strikingly, the percentage reporting never feeling depressed changed from 61% before the pandemic to 31% during the pandemic, with an increase in daily depression from 2% to 20%. We found no association between depression and change in income, household size, availability of PPE or lockdown. Safety concerns related to stigma from being HCWs affected 56% of respondents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of global health
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AFMDP (number n/a), University of Minnesota (number n/a), and NIH-NCI R21 CA215883-01A1 all to JDD.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s).

Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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