COVID-19: Our Response
COVID-19 IS HAVING AN IMMEDIATE AND CONSIDERABLE IMPACT ON HUNGER AND FOOD SECURITY
A global crisis requires a global response. At Action Against Hunger, we are focussed on stopping, containing, and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the communities in which we work. At the same time, we are committed to continuing our essential and life-saving work to tackle hunger and lack of food access across 47 countries.
Beyond the direct effects of contracting COVID-19 and falling ill, the necessary efforts to contain the spread have created barriers for communities that already have difficulty growing or buying food to eat every day.
If we do not continue to take swift and comprehensive global action to support the most vulnerable communities, there is a risk of turning this health emergency into a global food crisis.
Women are being hardest hit, as they represent 70% of the global health workforce and play an essential role in caring for sick relatives, thus significantly increasing their exposure to the virus. This is compounding the crisis because women also play a central role in ensuring access to food, both in the household and in the community.
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At Action Against Hunger, we take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and have implemented measures to protect the health and safety of our staff and people in the communities that we serve around the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading rapidly in low- and middle-income countries, many of which have precarious health systems that are struggling to cope. The most vulnerable people are facing considerable – and growing – risks because of this crisis.
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The last pandemic was in 2009 when the swine flu spread worldwide.
It is inspiring to witness the outpouring of gratitude to frontline health workers every evening in Canada. We wanted to share that feeling with our colleagues on the front lines around the world.
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