The COVID-19 crisis is wreaking havoc around the globe and its impact on poor countries will likely be catastrophic. It casts a large shadow with risks of famine, loss of income, and the failure of fragile health-care institutions. The numbers are staggering according to the United Nations: 10 countries in Africa have no ventilators, and three billion people at home and one-third of health-care centres have no water for basic hygiene needs, like hand washing.
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