ALERT – HI recommendations for a principled & inclusive response to COVID-19 | April 21, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented situation. The scope and gravity of this crisis calls for international solidarity, and a coordinated and ambitious response at global level. COVID-19 is exacerbating humanitarian needs in countries that are already facing humanitarian crises. New barriers resulting from the pandemic add up to the already existing barriers, challenging even […]

The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented situation. The scope and gravity of this crisis calls for international solidarity, and a coordinated and ambitious response at global level.

COVID-19 is exacerbating humanitarian needs in countries that are already facing humanitarian crises. New barriers resulting from the pandemic add up to the already existing barriers, challenging even more humanitarian access. As a result, NGOs, who are the frontline responders, face acute challenges in responding to the needs of the most vulnerable.

The pandemic is also increasing the morbidity and mortality rates for specific vulnerable, marginalized and most at risk groups. Persons suffering from specific health conditions, chronic diseases and older persons, amongst them persons with some type of disabilities, are at higher risk of contracting and developing severe cases of COVID-19.

Persons with disabilities, persons with chronic diseases and older persons also face further risk of isolation and exclusion, as support services and networks are cut or interrupted, resulting in possible disruption of vital services such as food, healthcare, wash and sanitation. They are also likely to be hit harder by the reverberating effects of the pandemic such as economic losses and absence of protection mechanism.

Present in 60 countries around the world, HI has summarised its main concerns and recommendations towards governments, donors and humanitarian stakeholders to ensure effective, inclusive and principled response to COVID-19 .


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