WHO chief warns humanitarian crises during pandemic

Added On July 18, 2020

 The chief of the World Health Organization has warned that COVID-19 threatens to exacerbate many issues the world is facing, such as years of conflict and other humanitarian crises.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday said many countries, especially in Africa and the Middle East, are still reeling from years of conflict and other humanitarian crises.
He said the pandemic, and the restrictions put in place to suppress it, are taking a heavy toll on 220 million people in protracted emergencies. And up to 132 million more people may go hungry in 2020.
According to the WHO chief, deep budget cuts to education and rising poverty caused by the pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year, with millions more falling behind in learning.
The WHO chief called on the international community to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to build health systems that are more resilient and more able to withstand the impact of health emergencies.