27 MARCH 2020 #AUSTRALIA
Geneva, 27 March 2020 –-The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has launched a revised emergency appeal for 800 million Swiss francs to help the world's most vulnerable communities halt the spread of COVID-19 and recover from its effects.
While COVID-19 is already a global pandemic, it is still possible to reduce its spread and the number of lives lost by improving access to critical resources.
IFRC President Francesco Rocca said: "This pandemic is putting at risk entire health systems, and the situation will worsen in places where those are weak or inexistent. A strong community response is critical to stop the virus. COVID-19 affects everyone equally, but migrants and displaced people, those who are homeless, and those in disaster-prone areas are among those most exposed to infection, least able to access health care, and most impacted by loss of income. They must not be forgotten. We must strengthen the support to our Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers who are on the frontline of this response."
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