A new report based on data collected across 25 low-income countries has revealed the extent to which the indirect impacts of the pandemic are causing devastation to communities already under pressure. “COVID-19 Spares No One” reveals that 50% of respondents say their household is eating less than before the pandemic and 14% saying they do not think their children will return to school.
As North American and European countries have seen a dramatic spread of COVID-19 infections, an ongoing narrative throughout 2020 was that low income countries have been “spared” from the pandemic. Indeed, many countries in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Asia have reported low case numbers, particularly when compared to Western countries. The entire country of Somalia, for example, has confirmed fewer total cases since the start of the pandemic than New York City reports in a single day.
Low case numbers, high impact
Several theories have arisen about the cause of these low numbers, ranging from a lack of testing and reporting capacity, to younger populations, to increased routine exposure to coronaviruses. No matter the reason for the low number of cases in these countries, one thing is clear: no one has been spared from COVID-19. The pandemic is not only a health crisis, but a shock to the world’s economy that has plunged millions of people further into poverty. This report examines the devastating effects of COVID-19 on livelihoods, healthcare, and education in 10 countries reporting low case numbers.
The report stems from research conducted by Alliance 2015, a strategic network of eight non-government organizations engaged in humanitarian and development action, of which Concern is one. You can download it here: