UN launches global humanitarian response plan to COVID-19 pandemic

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UN launches USD2 billion global humanitarian response to fight COVID-19 in 51 countries across South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

NEW YORK, 25 March 2020 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today launched a $2 billion coordinated global humanitarian response plan to fight COVID-19 in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries in a bid to protect millions of people and stop the virus from circling back around the globe.

COVID-19 has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide and there are nearly 400,000 reported cases. It has a foothold across the globe and is now reaching countries that were already facing humanitarian crisis because of conflict, natural disasters and climate change.

The response plan will be implemented by UN agencies, with international NGOs and NGO consortia playing a direct role in the response. It will:

  • Deliver essential laboratory equipment to test for the virus, and medical supplies to treat people;
  • Install handwashing stations in camps and settlements;
    Launch public information campaigns on how to protect yourself and others from the virus; and
  • Establish airbridges and hubs across Africa, Asia and Latin America to move humanitarian workers and supplies to where they are needed most.

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