Coronavirus: World Vision urges UK government to reveal aid plans for possible global outbreak
International children’s charity World Vision is calling on the UK government to reveal detailed plans on how UK aid will help developing countries prepare for a coronavirus pandemic.
The charity is warning the virus could travel through poorer regions of the world which lack strong health structures to contain it.
The global spread of coronavirus poses the greatest threat to communities and families living in places with extremely limited health systems or medical facilities. A global pandemic would hit the poorest and most vulnerable families the hardest. Children and elderly people living in conflict zones, forced to flee their homes, or living in entrenched poverty are the most at risk. Those whose caregivers get sick or die will be under threat of malnutrition, abuse and exploitation.
The time for world leaders to step up is now. Countries with strong health systems and economies must help those that don’t. We welcome the new funding announced today by the Department for International Development to help prevent the spread of the virus in developing countries, and call on it to urgently publish detailed plans on how it will assist these nations.
This is more than a moral imperative – it is crucial to ensure global efforts to eradicate poverty are not shattered.
- Gareth Wallace, Interim head of policy, advocacy and campaigns at World Vision UK
The foreign secretary’s speech today reinforced the government’s broken promises on overseas aid and its failure to stand with the world’s poor at a time of global crisis.
The Government has today broken its promise to the world’s poor by cutting back support at a time when more is needed.
Violence seen and experienced by children has surged worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research by international aid agency World Vision has found.
Coronavirus has brought significant challenges to the UK’s economy, but cutting the aid budget – which will be devastating for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable – is not the solution.