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As coronavirus spreads to poor and middle-income countries, older people, refugees, and slum dwellers are becoming one of the worst victims of the crisis, warned an international charity.
COVID-19 cases have been reported from densely populated slums and refugee camps last week. A considerable number of cases were also detected in African countries, which has limited medical resources to deal with the pandemic.
A global catastrophe could be averted if the right steps are taken now, said HelpAge International, an organization that works for the rights of older people.
"We have seen how countries with relatively developed health systems are buckling under the strain," said Justin Derbyshire, chief executive of HelpAge International.
"So, it's easy to see how the coronavirus pandemic could rapidly develop from a global health crisis into a global humanitarian emergency in crisis and conflict settings."
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people over 60 years old with an underlying medical condition should take extra preventive measures during the pandemic.
In an advisory, the WHO recommended community support to ensure older people stay protected from COVID-19 without being isolated and stigmatized. Enough support should be provided to senior citizens to prevent their vulnerability and ensure they can access necessary provisions and social care, it said.
But implementing the WHO norms like social distancing and frequent hand washing among refugees living under excruciating circumstances has emerged as a major challenge. These settlements lack running water and basic medical facilities, making it difficult to ensure basic sanitation.
"An outbreak of coronavirus in places like Idlib in Syria or Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh could spread like wildfire. This would be catastrophic for everyone affected, but particularly older people," Derbyshire added.
More than one million Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar living in 34 camps reported the first case of COVID-19 last week. Lack of isolation facilities and a dense population has become a significant worry to maintain social distancing.
Idlib is facing a similar crisis, with thousands of older people displaced from their homes, living in overcrowded and unhygienic conditions.
Sub-Saharan Africa is also witnessing a surge in infections. It has more than 1,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which exposes large refugee populations and slums in countries like Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Under such a circumstance, international bodies, such as the UN and the WHO, should recognize the significant risks faced by older people in low and middle-income countries, the charity said.
"We must prioritize low and middle-income countries now, to prevent this crisis from becoming a global humanitarian crisis, the like of which we have never seen before," urged Derbyshire.
(Cover: Staff move bio-waste containers past the entrance of Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where some infected with a new virus are being treated, in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, January 22, 2020. /AP Photo)

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Coronavirus spreads like wild fire in poor countries!
Unfortunately, none of them dare request for assistance from US!
They turn to China and get it but will return to thank US for not doing so!





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Post time 2020-4-1 13:18:26 |Display all floors
Countries with high population densities are particularly vulnerable to the pandemic, there are countries that have large portions of citizens living in slums and favelas where social distancing is nearly impossible to be enforced, it’s like a bomb waiting to be detonated.

Brazil appears to be well aware of this, but has chosen to give up on the fight and put the people at the mercy of the virus...
Believe it or not, it's true.

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This post was edited by parcher at 2020-4-7 05:24

WHO are just as useless and corrupt as the soon to be redundant EU....

During the H1N1 epidemic 2009 WHO proved again all they cared about was how much corrupt money they and pharmaceutical corporations could  make. There advisers got a pile of cash and drug companies stockpiled big profits. The people were left with useless vaccines rotting on shelves that had to be destroyed. No study ever found the vaccines worked. Just a complete fraud .....
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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