Covid-19 Has Set World Back 20 Years - Gates Foundation Report

The annual Goalkeepers Report has found that the knock-on effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic have reversed global health progress, exposing millions to the risk of deadly disease and poverty. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation report, which tracks United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, says extreme poverty has increased by 7%, and routine vaccine coverage - a good proxy measure for how health systems are functioning - is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s, meaning progress has been set back by about 25 years in about 25 weeks, the report says.

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Lab technician Amina A. Rafat takes blood samples from food vendors in Adiebeba, a suburb of Kumasi, so they can test them for Covid-19.

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Sylvia* lives in Homa Bay, Kenya. She's HIV+ and the novel coronavirus pandemic has meant major changes in her daily routine. Her daughter, Gift*, who is 4, is especially bright, so Sylvia enrolled her in school in January; it closed almost immediately. Neighbours used to watch Gift when Sylvia had to work, but that’s become harder with social distancing. When Sylvia goes to the hair salon to braid hair, she now brings Gift along. When she’s washing clothes in the neighbourhood, she lets Gift play on her own - and trusts that she’ll come to find her mother when she’s hungry. * Not their real names

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