COVID -19 Update: “This is, above all, a human crisis that calls for solidarity.”

Date: 20th March 2020

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By Antonio Guterres

“We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations — one that is spreading human suffering, infecting the global economy and upending people’s lives,” The United Nations Secretary General has said.

“A global recession – perhaps of record dimensions – is a near certainty. The International Labour Organization has just reported that workers around the world could lose as much as 3.4 trillion U.S. dollars in income by the end of this year.”

“This is, above all, a human crisis that calls for solidarity.”

Many countries have exceeded the capacity to care for even mild cases in dedicated health facilities, with many unable to respond to the enormous needs of the elderly.

Even in the wealthiest countries, we see health systems buckling under pressure.

Health spending must be scaled up right away to meet urgent needs and the surge in demand — expanding testing, bolstering facilities, supporting health care workers, and ensuring adequate supplies – with full respect for human rights and without stigma.

It has been proven that the virus can be contained. It must be contained.

If we let the virus spread like wildfire – especially in the most vulnerable regions of the world — it would kill millions of people.

And we need to immediately move away from a situation where each country is undertaking its own health strategies to one that ensures, in full transparency, a coordinated global response, including helping countries that are less prepared to tackle the crisis.

Read the full statement here

Here at WSSCC we believe the Coronavirus is a hygiene crisis  that requires an urgent need to secure a dedicated mechanism – a Fund – that will provide governments with catalytic funding to tackle and reduce sanitation and hygiene-related disease inequality.

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