The Covid-19 pandemic is devastating lives both at home and internationally.
We can already see the strain that the pandemic is placing on our healthcare service and we are therefore deeply concerned about the impact it could have in the world’s poorest communities.
There are now cases of the virus in over half of the countries where we work. A report from Imperial College London researchers suggests that in developing countries there will be 25 times more patients needing critical care than beds available.
The effects of the pandemic are likely to be severe in the world’s poorest countries. In refugee camps such as Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, where people are living in very close and cramped proximity to one and other, the disease has the potential to spread at an unparalleled rate. Furthermore, in countries such as the Central African Republic where health systems are already weak and communities are especially vulnerable, it is unlikely they will be able to cope. Many lives will be at risk.
We must act early to save lives.