COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan

By PRESS RELEASEMar 25 2020 (IPS-Partners) A global approach is the only way to fight COVID-19, the UN says as it launches humanitarian response plan • UN humanitarian chief warns that failing to help vulnerable countries fight the coronavirus now could place millions at risk and leave the virus free to circle back around the globe. • UN launches US$2 billion global humanitarian response to fight COVID-19 across South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. • Governments urged to commit to fully supporting the global humanitarian response plan, while sustaining funding to existing humanitarian appeals. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today [Wednesday, 25 March] launched a $2 billion coordinated global humanitarian response plan to fight COVID-19 in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries in a bid to protect millions of people and stop the virus from circling back around the globe. COVID-19 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 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. It will: • deliver essential laboratory equipment to test for the virus, and medical supplies to treat people; • install handwashing sta...
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