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Bintu washes her hands in a camp in Nigeria

Building Back with Justice: Chapter 1

The state we're in

Through the coronavirus pandemic, economic, financial and health systems in every society have been stretched, and the poorest and most marginalised people have been hit the hardest.

Covid-19 has already claimed many lives. It is now spreading fast in poorer regions of the world. Healthcare in countries as diverse as Brazil, India and Bangladesh have been put under severe strain. In many cases there are simply too few beds or clinicians to treat patients.

In many countries, the virus has disrupted regular healthcare – such as routine immunisation to limit the spread of Covid-19, which has exposed 80 million children to other diseases.

The economic fallout from the pandemic has, in many cases, been greater than the health impacts. The equivalent of 400 million full time jobs were wiped out between April and June, and 500 million people could be pushed into poverty.

In response, most governments have placed emergency restrictions on peoples’ lives. Many have used this as a pretext to gag the media, counter political opposition and constrain civic space, which has led to a huge increase of human rights abuses. For example, migrant workers in India have been the victims of police extortion and assault.

Meanwhile the climate crisis continues to escalate

It’s the poorest, like Kokoli (pictured), in Bangladesh who suffer worst as cyclones become ever more extreme.

Kokoli stands by river in Bangladesh, wearing red and orange sari

It’s not hard to imagine the challenges of social distancing and good hygiene Bangladeshis faced when Cyclone Amphan hit in May 2020. And while carbon emissions have reduced during lockdowns, the overall fall this year is likely to be half of what is needed annually to halt the climate crisis.

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