As part of measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in poor countries, the United Nations Organization has launched a humanitarian appeal to mitigate its impact, particularly on fragile countries with weak health systems.
At a joint virtual press briefing, Secretary-General António Guterres, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock, UN Children’s Fund Executive Director Henrietta Fore and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 launched a $2 billion coordinated global humanitarian response plan, to fight COVID-19 in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries in a bid to protect the millions most at risk.
According to the UN Chief, the surest bet for the world if the fight against the virus is to be won is the global approach indicating that the pandemic is a threat to all humanity.
“COVID-19 is menacing the whole of humanity – and so the whole of humanity must fight back”, he said, underscoring that “individual country responses are not going to be enough”.
He therefore called on all international and donor agencies to assist the UN to help mitigate the spread of the virus in the case of what he describes as the “ultra vulnerable” – the millions upon millions of people who are least able to protect themselves.
“This is the moment to step up for the vulnerable”, he stated.
Organized by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the interagency plan brings together existing appeals from WHO and other UN partners as well as identifies new needs.
Properly funded, it will save many lives and arm humanitarian agencies with laboratory supplies for testing and medical equipment to treat the sick while protecting health care workers.
“The plan also includes additional measures to support host communities that continue to generously open their homes and towns to refugees and displaced persons”, explained the Secretary-General.