As the impact of covid-19 is global, African Reconciliation Cohesion, in collaboration with Community Support Group have taken the opportunity to find solutions to address the impact of this worldwide pandemic on the most indigent communities.
The lockdown itself has consequences that will be devastating for the poor. Many small businesses will close, and thousands of working people will lose their jobs. Many workers have already taken ‘annual leave’ during the lockdown, which is likely to be extended beyond 21 days.
As poorer people are naturally less willing to make major economic sacrifices, they place relatively greater value on their livelihood concerns compared to concerns about contracting the coronavirus.
People, and their health and nutrition status, are what counts. Sustainable healthy diets that contain sufficient fruit and vegetables are crucial in protecting people’s immunity. Particularly for those at risk of, or suffering from food insecurity, and those with pre-existing chronic or respiratory diseases, who are at a heightened risk of becoming severely ill , or even losing their lives.