Risk to the poor­est in the world

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A THIRD of peo­ple in some of the world’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties are un­able to take ba­sic mea­sures to guard against Covid-19 – in­clud­ing wash­ing their hands, a re­port found.

The sur­vey by UK char­ity Street Child took re­sponses from more than 12,100 fam­i­lies in vul­ner­a­ble and marginalis­ed com­mu­ni­ties.

While 97 per cent said they had re­ceived some in­for­ma­tion about Covid-19, they could not take pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures in line with WHO ad­vice due to a “lack of means and op­por­tu­nity”.

Street Child’s CEO Tom Dan­natt said: “Covid-19 is hav­ing a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on the world’s most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties.

“With schools closed, a lack of ac­cess to ba­sic preven­tion mea­sures such as soap and wa­ter, and a very real risk of ex­treme hunger and even star­va­tion, chil­dren and fam­i­lies are in the midst of a cri­sis that many will never re­cover from.”

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