Africa: Gates Foundation Report Reveals How Covid-19 Devastated Progress Towards UN Development Goals

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The 2020 Goalkeepers Report shows wholesale derailment of development goals due to Covid-19. And with nations scrambling for control of a vaccine, the worst may still be to come.

Smarter collaboration, commitment and confronting society's inequalities is what it's going to take for a world emerging from Covid-19 to get back on track to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.

The Goalkeepers Report released yesterday shows a devastating slide in progress in meeting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Covid-19 has wiped out 20 years of progress according to the fourth annual tracker report, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates through their philanthropic foundation. The knock-on effect of the pandemic has resulted in regression across all 18 SDG indicators.

Among the most sobering statistics are that extreme poverty (measured at a person surviving on less than $1.90 a day) has increased by 7% and vaccine coverage (a measure of how well health systems are functioning) has dropped to levels last seen in the 1990s. "It's setting the world back about 25 years in 25 weeks," the authors noted.

The report also highlights the direct and indirect impacts for HIV and TB patients in a time of...

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