Worldwide measles deaths have climbed 50% from 2016 to 2019. But the highly contagious disease is not the only phenomenon ravaging the world as climate change intensifies hurricanes and locust swarms. Strong and effective policy actions are more than ever needed.
Measles cases hit 23-year high and deaths are increasing worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, the number jumped to 869,770 in 2019. The reason: a failure to vaccinate. Today, though the figures are lower, specialists fear the effects of paused campaigns due to COVID-19.
“ Measles cases hit 23-year high last year, killing 200,000 as vaccination stalls, WHO says ” , UN News, November 12, 2020
2020 registered a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season. According to a new study, hurricanes now last longer after they hit land. For the researchers, this can only be explained by the increase in sea surface temperatures. In other words, by climate change.
“ Hurricanes are maintaining their strength farther inland as the planet warms, study finds ” , CNN, November 11, 2020
COVID-19 is disrupting progress toward Sustainable Development Goals. To face the “perfect storm”, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program convened the Global Evaluation Initiative: a platform to improve policy evaluations for strong and effective actions.
“ Opinion: Why evaluation is key to rebuilding better and achieving the 2030 Agenda ” , Devex, November 16, 2020
Ethiopia is facing the worst locust outbreak in 25 years. In 2019, they destroyed tons of cereals and hectares of pasture. According to estimates, 2020 is even worse. But the fight to control the plague is countered by yet another plague: the outbreak of war in the north.
“ How war threatens Ethiopia's struggle against worst locust swarm in 25 years ” , The Guardian, November 16, 2020
The COVID-19 vaccine is on its way, and as the global race pharmaceutical industries are engaged in to produce the vaccine reaches a possible end, high-income countries seem intent on securing supplies for themselves. A situation which could result in a shortage of vaccines in developing countries.
“ “Rule of the jungle”: Health expert sounds the alarm on fair access to COVID vaccines ” , CNBC, November 16, 2020
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