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Hunger, sorrow, distress, deaths, despair, envelope the world; as Coronavirus defies global efforts

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132 million more people may go hungry in 2020, in addition to the existing 690 million …. UN humanitarian intervention in 63 priority countries “We have given it our all. ‘’We have worked to the brink of exhaustion. And once again we have understood – maybe better than ever – why we chose this profession’’ – Nurse Aroa Lopez The pandemic is teaching us that health is not a luxury item; it’s the foundation of social, economic and political stability — DG-WHO Pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year The Global Humanitarian Response Plan addresses the immediate humanitarian needs caused or exacerbated by COVID-19 in 63 priority countries with existing humanitarian crises. DG-WHO pleads for compassion by the global community World Food Programme launches over $10bn appeal to tackle humanitarian needs; fears 138 million people face starvation DEVASTATING HUNGER: Two United Nations agencies, the World Food Programme and the Food and Agricultural Organisation have raised an alarm over devastating hunger that could envelop at least 25 countries as a result of COVID-19  if adequate steps are not taken to mitigate the effects. A WFP statement discloses that it is scaling up to provide food assistance to an unprecedented 138 million people who face desperate levels of hunger as the pandemic tightens its grip on some of the most fragile countries. According to the statement,  ‘’the greatest concentration of need is in Africa, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the Middle East and Asia – including middle-income countries – are also “being ravaged by crippling levels of food insecurity, according to the Early Warning Analysis of Acute Food Security Hotspots”, compiled by the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.’’ It also disclosed that ‘’the cost of WFP’s response to this burgeoning food insecurity is estimated at US$ 4.9 billion, with an additional $500 million being earmarked to prevent the outbreak of famine in countries most at risk. This represents more than half of the updated COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, the largest appeal in the UN’s history, launched today, for more than US$ 10 billion. ‘’The plan covers wide-ranging humanitarian needs in more than 60 countries, many of them already reeling from the impact of conflict, climate change and economic crisis. “A new report published today shows that people in…

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