World Vision warns a ‘tsunami’ of coronavirus cases set to hit vulnerable and conflict-torn countries poses an unprecedented threat to lives and risks undermining progress made in fighting hunger and poverty.
In a growing effort to protect the world’s most vulnerable against the rapid global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the international aid agency is increasing its response in 17 countries.
The organisation has major concerns about countries with a lack of basic and advanced medical care, and those already battling other diseases that compromise immune systems, such as HIV.
“The number of countries affected by COVID-19 tripled in the African region and doubled in the Americas region in the past week, and we have seen some very disturbing increases in cases in very poor countries,” said World Vision International’s head of Health and Nutrition, Tom Davis.
With new cases of the global pandemic increasing daily, World Vision experts highlight that coronavirus will have a huge impact on the poorest and most vulnerable and poses a major risk to the efforts and progress made to fight poverty and hunger.
World Vision is urging governments to support a united global effort to protect the most vulnerable by rallying support, particularly for those hosting refugees and displaced children.
It has been distributing protection equipment and supplies in Asia, where the virus outbreak was first recorded, since January.
Further action is now underway in some of the world’s most fragile societies including, Afghanistan, DR Congo, Iraq, Haiti and Syria.
World Vision is warning that the impact coronavirus will have on these countries is likely to be far greater than what we have seen to date in more medically-advanced countries, both directly through COVID-19 deaths, and indirectly through the reduction of life-saving child health services as countries focus on this new disease.