Deep into one of the worst global pandemics, it seems that an immunisation is now on the horizon and soon we will discover what the new norms will be.
The coronavirus COVID-19 has affected 218 countries and territories around the world claiming more than 1.3 million lives so far, with figures expected to rise further.Immunisations are likely to be administered by late 2020 and rolled out across the world by the spring of 2021 which will help bring some level of control over the pandemic. Increases in testing and tracing, local lockdowns and following medical advice will eventually become an effective catalyst to help diminish the virus.
Rightly the world has turned attention to science in a bid to slow the spread as the virus continues to batter world economies. The limelight however has been taken away from the decades of great work done by UN organisations and charities worldwide in helping end hunger. Sadly, the pandemic is having devastating consequences on the worlds’ poorest and, what seemed like great work in reducing the number of people dying of hunger, it all seems to have been undone in such a short time.
Millions are on the brink of famine. Battered economies across the globe will surely have devastating consequences on foreign aid and the rise of food banks across western countries will be a matter of great concern.
According to the World food programme, one in nine people do not have enough to eat, reversing decades of progress in reducing world hunger.
Often it is women and girls who will suffer most with job losses and people struggling to provide for their families, social norms means that women and girls eat if there is any food left over after the men and boys have eaten.
In reality, more funding needs to be made available to tackle the impacts of COVID-19 across the globe. It is important to ease the burden in developed countries to reduce local lockdowns, wherever possible, and create jobs so that people can get back into employment as soon as possible.
In developing countries, the impact will be devastating and far stretched. “No one should view a slide into famine as an inevitable side effect of this pandemic,” said the U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock in a statement. Yet despite the statement, the true picture will only really emerge later in 2021 with the hope that the pandemic will be under some form of control and life as we knew it, is returned to some form of “new” normal.
One Love Worldwide will continue to support the vulnerable across the world beyond 2021. Thanks to our kind donors, we have managed to reach out to thousands of beneficiaries providing hygiene kits and food distribution. We will continue to help those most in need throughout the world as the impact of the pandemic stretches across the globe.