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Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts

Inquiry

Report and Government response published

Within its report, the IDC warned the secondary impacts – ranging from non-covid healthcare to hunger, and crippling international debt to gender quality – could be more severe than the virus itself to countries in the Global South. The IDC found widespread disruptions to routine vaccination programmes, rising unemployment leading to fears of accessing food and lockdowns resulting in increased gender-based violence.  Given the scale of the secondary impacts of covid-19 to many of the world’s most vulnerable, the IDC was disappointed that the Government rejected its recommendation to publish a covid-19 strategy, suggesting that existing policy documents such as the Integrated Review covers these issues.

The Government also dismissed the necessity for a cross-departmental, multi-year Global Health Strategy, despite the IDC hearing evidence that 70% of countries reported that their routine immunisation programmes were all stalling due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. During an evidence session last week, the IDC was told that hospitals in Yemen are being forced to prioritise patients more likely to survive illness in ICU due to the limited resources in being able to treat all those in need.

Although the IDC was encouraged to see that, within their response, the Government is open to reviewing debt cancellation of low-income countries, the IDC remains concerned as this would be considered on a case-by-case basis and in coordination with multilateral organisations.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Eighth Report - Covid-19 in developing countries: secondary impacts
Inquiry Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Committees International Development Committee
HC 1186
Report
Response to this report
Eighth Special Report: Covid-19 in developing countries: secondary impacts: Government Response to the Eighth Report of the Committee, Session 2019–21
HC 1351
Special Report
Eighth Special Report: Covid-19 in developing countries: secondary impacts: Government Response to the Eighth Report of the Committee, Session 2019–21
Inquiry Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Committees International Development Committee
HC 1351
Special Report
Fifth Report - Humanitarian crises monitoring: impact of coronavirus (interim findings)
Inquiry Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Committees International Development Committee
HC 292
Report
Response to this report
Fifth Special Report - Humanitarian crises monitoring: impact of coronavirus (interim findings): Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2019–21
HC 1160
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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24 November 2020
Inquiry Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Committees International Development Committee
Oral Evidence
10 November 2020
Inquiry Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Committees International Development Committee
Oral Evidence
24 November 2020
Inquiry Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Committees International Development Committee
Oral Evidence
COR0171 - Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Witnesses Kolawole Olusola Adeniyi Abiola (Kolawole Olusola Adeniyi Abiola)
Committees International Development Committee
Written Evidence
COR0172 - Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Witnesses World Bank
Committees International Development Committee
Written Evidence
COR0173 - Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts
Witnesses Human Rights Watch
Committees International Development Committee
Written Evidence

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