Humanitarians are looking for almost 7 billion US dollars to safeguard millions of people and stop the spread of Coronavirus in 63 of the most vulnerable countries in the world, through the remainder of 2020, in an appeal initiated by the UN chief. The Global Humanitarian Response Plan was initialized on March 25, originally with a 2 billion US dollar appeal made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, but with human welfare needs continuing to rise, the plan was updated on Thursday, to deliver support and protection to the most susceptible in society such as the elderly, disabled people, women, and children.
Sir Mark Andrew Lowcock, the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched this appeal on May 7. He cautioned of a substantial upsurge in conflict, leading to hunger and poverty, as well as an imminent famine if something isn’t done right now.
Mark Lowcock said, “If we don’t help the poorest people, especially women and girls and other vulnerable groups, in their battle against the pandemic and influences of the global recession, we all might be dealing with the spillover effects for many years to come. That would ascertain an even more agonizing global situation and much more expensive, for everyone.”
Originally, the plan consisted of 1 billion US dollars that have already been used on medical supplies such as hand sanitizers, surgical masks, respirators, gloves, and testing kits, provided to refugee camps and other susceptible places.
The program originally comprised of 54 countries but in response to the growth in food insecurity, 9 more countries have been added, namely, Pakistan, Philippines, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Benin, Liberia, Djibouti, Togo, and Sierra Leone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported close to 4 million Coronavirus cases and 275,971 deaths as of today. Human welfare officials believe that the pandemic might reach its peak in these countries in the next 3 to 6 months. The consequences have already started to illustrate how bad things are going to get, with prices of food items soaring, keeping numerous children from being vaccinated and jobs expunged.
The Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General said that the updated plan focuses more on food insecurity, aid to the most vulnerable individuals of the society, addressing gender-based abuse and exploitation, among others.
UN Secretary-General Antonio insisted that donors step up for support to halt COVID-19 from circling back around the world, in a second wave. In a video message, he said, “Humanitarian aid is not just moral, rather it is a concrete obligation to combat the virus.” He added, “If the Coronavirus wreaks havoc in the poorest countries, we will all be at inevitable risk”.