The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which first appeared in Wuhan, China in December 2019, has had a global impact of historically unprecedented scale. Medical institutions all over the world have been challenged not only with caring for severely afflicted patients, but also by the need for restructuring of medical practice to accommodate the patient influx and to ensure infection protection and control.

In this study, the results of an Africa-wide survey of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on endoscopy practice in central Africa and sub-Saharan Africa were reported. The survey was developed by the International Affairs Working Group (IAWG) of ESGE and WEO and conducted between 13 and 27 May, 2020.

A total of 31 gastroenterologists from 14 countries in north, central, and sub-Saharan Africa responded to the survey. Most respondents described a considerable reduction in their endoscopy volume. It was also reported that personal protective equipment, including FFP-2 masks, was available in almost all of the respondents’ centers and that pre-endoscopy screening was being performed.

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WEO Activities to Reach Africa Project, Ad hoc Committee