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UN chief warns that “pandemic threatens progress” in Africa in terms of nutrition or health

May 20, 2020

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the “pandemic is threatening Africa’s food and health progress and exacerbating inequalities” and calls for action as the coronavirus is still in progress. “its early stages” on the poorest continent in the world.

The death toll in Africa has already exceeded 2,500, but the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that, according to a recent report, it can reach up to 190,000 deaths in the worst case in the first year. Guterres emphasized that “ending the pandemic in Africa is essential to ending it worldwide”.

At the economic and social level, all international organizations and NGOs agree that the consequences are unpredictable, but it seems clear that “millions” of people could experience extreme poverty if measures are not taken in time.

UN chief warns that “pandemic threatens progress” in Africa in terms of nutrition or health
UN chief warns that “pandemic threatens progress” in Africa in terms of nutrition or health

“Monitoring and readiness are key,” said Guterres, who recalled that many of the advances made in recent years are hanging on a thread in a message released when a report was issued with recommendations to address the problem “Pandemic and its side effects.