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How to Help Victims of COVID-19

The pandemic makes no distinction between the rich and the poor. It can both kill a city governor or a street cleaner. At the same time, developed countries can oppose the virus more effectively – to impose a lockdown and social distancing, close public institutions and restrict public events. But can poor countries afford the same? Isolation period is likely to cause the high level of unemployment, mass starvation, outbreaks of other deceases that have nothing to do with COVID-19 and more.

Where quarantine measures make sense and where not

In response to the pandemic, many countries of the world applied quarantine. However, their effect in rich and poor countries can be dramatically different.

Thus, in developed countries, if no social distancing is observed, hundreds of thousands to millions of people may die – and it's much more terrifying than any economic crisis. But the situation with mid- and low-income nations is not the same. It's where demographic composition, sources of livelihood, the potential of state institutions do not enable such countries to afford a quarantine. People in poor countries strongly depend on daily physical labor, now allowed to work they will not be able to provide their families, so the number of deaths caused by the lack of means of subsistence and deceases that could be prevented would compare to the number of fatal issues caused by the pandemic.

Figures show it quite vividly. At the age 60+ the death rate makes up 6,4% while at the age of 80+ it is equal to 13,4%. At that, in low-income nations the number of people older than 65 makes up only 3% of the population, when in rich countries this share is 17%. It means that in Bangladesh, for example, coronavirus, if not prevented, will kill 0,39% of the population – it's twice less than in developed countries where this figure reaches 0,8%.

In wealthy states the advantages of quarantine are obvious but in poor countries people want to protect themselves from the virus but understand they have to work to provide their living. Poor people care about bread and butter more than about the virus. Most of them work physically but social distancing assumes prohibition of such labor. They often receive illegal salaries and have no any social protection. A short-term quarantine will deprive them of money, the prolonged one will cause starvation, health issues (beyond COVID-19), deaths. In Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Philippines, food and work stand above health and safety. Quarantine measures in these countries can be counterproductive and increase mortality due to other reasons. Besides, it's hard to make people observe social distancing in these countries. In rich countries people tend to follow the rules but in poor ones nothing has almost changed – citizens are mobile as before – at work and shopping centers.

In many countries, where quarantine measures have been imposed, there a serious system of state support. Citizens of European states still receive their wages, in the USA people are assisted by the authorities. But non-registered workers in poor countries usually do not even enlisted in state registers. The situation will even become worse if, due to the quarantine, working migrants will come back from densely populated regions to country places and spread the virus this way…

It's exactly what we see happening in India. The quarantine has had a seriously negative effect in this country. Especially the most unprotected categories of its population. Unemployment, poverty, hunger are growing, people are losing their property. It's hard to imagine how people in poor countries can cope with the situation without additional aid.

1,2 billion children subjected to multi aspect poverty

UNICEF came to the conclusion that the growing number of children subjected to so called multi aspect poverty is one of the most serious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their number is around 1,2 billion now. It's 150 million more than before the pandemic.

The analysis of the multi aspect poverty referred to the access of children to education, health care, living conditions, food, hygiene and water. In 70 reported countries, even before the pandemic, about 45% of children were deprived of the access to at least one of these vital components of welfare. At the same time, the situation is going to worsen in the nearest months. The crisis has not come to its end, it's only heating up…
No chance for salvation without global help

It has already become clear that poverty cannot be defeated without special programs of social protection, charity organizations and your helping hand. Such initiatives can locally improve the welfare of people in need and you also can participate in a charity project.

SAFE NATIONS is the organization that helps poor people in different countries stricken not only by deceases but also military conflicts, tense political situations, natural disasters and so on. If you also think that it's bad to keep out of the global problem but do not know what exactly you can do – read more about our project. We have already assisted a number of countries by sending volunteers, provisions, vital products to the areas of the highest concern. Contact us, if you want to become a volunteer or donate to this kind project. We would also be grateful for spreading information about SAFE NATIONS, its news and initiatives. Together we can do many good deeds worldwide.
You don't have to be a millionaire to help people in your area and change their lives for good. You just need to open your heart...
Ivan Lakshinsky, Executive director of East West Connect
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