#COVID19: UN launches 2 bln dollar plan for vulnerable countries

By Atta Ur Rehman Khan - Web Editor & Columnist

26th March, 2020

United Nations launched a plan worth two billion US dollars on Wednesday to fight coronavirus in the world’s poorest countries, saying nobody was safe if such nations were left unprotected.

According to a statement published on the associated press of Pakistan, “This is the moment to step up for the vulnerable,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said while unveiling the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19.

#COVID19 – which began in China and spread fast through Europe – is now penetrating Africa, Asia, and Latin America, hitting countries that already face humanitarian crises because of conflict, natural disasters, and climate change.
Nations reeling from conflict, poverty and deficient health care will be unable to contain the coronavirus without significant international assistance, the UN chief said.

Coronavirus has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide and there are nearly 400,000 reported cases. It has a foothold across the globe and is now reaching countries that were already facing a humanitarian crisis because of conflict, natural disasters, and climate change.
The response plan will be implemented by UN agencies, with international NGOs and NGO consortia playing a direct role in the response.

#COVID19 UN plan will:

— deliver essential laboratory equipment to test for the virus, and medical supplies to treat people;

— install handwashing stations in camps and settlements;

— launch public information campaigns on how to protect yourself and others from the virus; and

— establish air bridges and hubs across Africa, Asia, and Latin America to move humanitarian workers and supplies to where they are needed most.


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