Can developing nations handle the COVID-19 pandemic? I Inside Story

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  • Coronavirus infections have now been reported in nearly every country in the world.
    And the number of people getting sick in Europe and the United States is rising rapidly.
    However, scientists warn the next big spike could occur in developing regions with already weak health systems.
    The United Nations is asking for two billion dollars to help poorer nations.
    Millions of people around the world do not have access to basic washing facilities, sanitation and hygiene.
    Some nations’ health systems lack medical supplies, or are under strain after natural disasters and other outbreaks.
    So, how can we avoid a catastrophe?

    Presenter: Bernard Smith

    Guests:

    Kanuru Sujatha Rao – Former Secretary of Health in India.

    Sheila Davis – C-E-O of Partners in Health, a non-profit healthcare organisation.

    Ifeanyi Nsofor – Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch.

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