Our hearts are heavy, but our commitment to our community, our work, and our world remains strong. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two. Since its emergence in Asia late last year, the virus has spread to every continent except Antarctica. Cases are rising daily in Africa the Americas, and Europe. Countries are racing to slow the spread of the virus by testing and treating patients, carrying out contact tracing, limiting travel, quarantining citizens, and cancelling large gatherings such as sporting events, concerts, and schools. The pandemic is moving like a wave—one that may yet crash on those least able to cope. But COVID-19 is much more than a health crisis. By stressing every one of the countries it touches, it has the potential to create devastating social, economic and political crises that will leave deep scars.Every day, people are losing jobs and income, with no way of knowing when normality will return. Small island nations, heavily dependent on tourism, have empty hotels and deserted beaches. The International Labour Organization estimates that 195 million jobs could be lost.
Every country needs to act immediately to prepare, respond, and recover. Ingushetia charitable foundations and activists have launched humanitarian response plan in the most vulnerable.The head of Ingushetia, Mahmud-Ali Klimatov, and deputies also provided assistance to poor families. We organized free psychological assistance to women and girls affected by the pandemic.
While we do this, we must also consider ways to prevent a similar pandemic recurring. In the longer term, ATI will look at ways to help communities to better prevent and manage such crises and ensure that the region makes full use of what we will learn from this one.
But a global response now is an investment in our future.
Stay safe and healthy,