The COVID-19 pandemic is not the only crisis lurking. Populations in developing countries are faced with challenges that are or promise to be as deadly as the coronavirus. However, with little but ambitious goals, the narrative can be changed.
According to the 2020 report of the Food Security Information Network (FSIN), 2019 left 135 million people starving, mainly in developing countries. With the COVID-19 crisis and its unprecedented economic and social impacts, 130 million more could go hungry in 2020.
“ ‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms. ” , The New York Times, April 22, 2020
A water war is coming. The construction and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam (Gerd) massive project on the Blue Nile is under fire. While Ethiopia and Sudan believe the dam to be essential for their citizens, Egypt fears a shortage of water that could endanger the livelihood of its people.
“ 'It'll cause a water war': divisions run deep as filling of Nile dam nears ” , The Guardian, April 23, 2020
The WHO sounds the alarm on malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. As countries focus energy and resources on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the international community must not forget other mortal diseases and risk setting back the fight by 20 years.
“ Fight Against Malaria Could Be Set Back 20 Years, WHO Warns ” , Time, April 24, 2020
For Olivia Ngou, founder of Impact Santé Afrique, the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic must not erode the global fight against malaria, one of the deadliest diseases in low-income countries. For her, non profits are major stakeholders in helping end the disease.
“ Opinion: Civil society — a force for change in fight against malaria ” , Devex, April 24, 2020
Marine life could be revived in 30 years, say scientists. How? With an action plan that combines tackling climate change, protecting existing wildlife and ecosystems and rebuilding the ones that are already depleted.
“ Wrecked sea life could be largely revived in 30 years under action plan, say scientists ” , Independent, April 2, 2020
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