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Coronavirus in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is hindering humanitarian aid

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Every month, 10,000 children die in the world due to a pandemic. Employees of the Polish Humanitarian Action report that these are the economic effects of the coronavirus. It is, for example, death of starvation or lack of medical attention. It is worst in countries affected by other natural disasters at the same time, such as war or a natural disaster. Material of the magazine “Polska i Świat”.

In places like the Yemen refugee camp, it’s not the coronavirus themselves they fear the most. Because even if no one in this camp fell ill with COVID-19, everyone would still feel the effects of the global pandemic. – More records are breaking when it comes to the number of people requiring humanitarian aid, and all this, unfortunately, is happening at a very bad time of the global economic crisis – says Rafał Grzelewski from Polska Akcja Humanitarna.

The UN predicted it would be an exceptionally demanding year – humanitarian aid could be needed by up to 170 million people, and that was before the world heard about the coronavirus. – This year the number of people in need will be the largest in the entire millennium – says Anna Lewandowska from UNICEF Polska.

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Every month, 10,000 children die in the world due to a pandemicJALIL REZAYEE / PAP / EPA

“By the end of the year, more people will starve than the coronavirus”

In the poorest countries of Africa, South America and Asia, the coronavirus is called the “hunger virus” because the restrictions related to the epidemic cause people to lose their jobs en masse. Later, they don’t have enough money to eat. – These are countries where human life is very fragile and a slight shock is enough to turn it upside down. There are no protective programs there, people are on their own – explains Rafał Grzelewski.

According to data presented by humanitarian organizations, 10,000 children each month dies due to the economic impact of the pandemic. These economic consequences are, in practice, death by starvation or shortly after birth, due to the lack of medical assistance and vaccinations. – By the end of the year, more people will die of hunger than of the coronavirus – emphasizes Aleksandra Rutkowska from the Polish Center for International Aid.

The disruption of the supply chain between countries and export restrictions, soaring prices and unemployment all worsened the plight of the poorest. In addition to the coronavirus, there are also wars and natural disasters, and humanitarian aid is often the last resort.

Each month, 10,000 children die due to the economic impact of the pandemicUNICEF

For some, closed school means no food

In the face of a pandemic and its related constraints, humanitarian organizations cannot work as effectively as before. – Sometimes it is curfew, sometimes roads are cut off, sometimes cities are turned off – lists Rafał Grzelewski. – The process itself reduces the number of vaccinations, drug delivery, clean water and sanitation – says Anna Lewandowska.

Another thing is that the coronavirus has caused schools to close. Aleksandra Rutkowska points out that in Ethiopia, “26 million children do not have access to schools, and almost a million children do not have access to food for this reason”, because some children received their only meal during the day at school.

Last year, 135 million people starved the world. This year the number is likely to double. – These are huge numbers, and let’s remember that there is a specific person behind each number who has nothing to eat – emphasizes Rutkowska.

Author:Monika Celej, asty // now

Main photo source: JALIL REZAYEE / PAP / EPA



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