The impact of the coronavirus in the countries where we work

The impact of the coronavirus in the countries where we work

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02 Jul 2020

Corona cases have been detected in all countries where we work. The coronavirus and the lockdown measures are extremely drastic for people, but especially for the most vulnerable people in developing countries. From mass migration in India and troubadours in Chad to a major humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso. What are the current developments in the countries where we work and what are the consequences for our project activities? We will keep you informed about this in this article.


From the Indian slum areas on the way home
Three weeks ago, large groups of migrant workers arrived at the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border in India. They no longer have an income in the city and are leaving the slum areas of cities such as Bangalore and Bagepalli. Employees of our local partner ADATS, from the biogas project in Karnataka, did not hesitate for a moment and went out every evening to help the migrants. The experiences have been summarized by the director of ADATS in the following report, together with his reflections on the protocol and the consequences of the coronavirus in India.


Indian villagers unwilling to migrate again after drastic lockdown
Mohan Kumar (34) from Palamu district came to Bangalore so that his father could repay the loan he took to buy a pair of bullocks last year. Mohan worked as a carpenter in a furniture factory that fired its workers without paying their wages for the month of February. Many villagers suffered during the great Indian lockdown and do not want to migrate to a big city for work again. This would have consequences for both the rural and urban economies. Read more about this on the Village Square news page>


Project activities delayed in Ethiopia
In early April, the Council of Ministers declared a five-month state of emergency in response to the growing number of coronavirus cases in Ethiopia. Travel bans and lockdown measures have slowed down our project activities, such as distributing cookstoves and training people. However, these activities can be resumed after the measures are relaxed. The economic consequences for the people are much greater. Read the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus in Ethiopia here>


The coronavirus is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso has the most fatalities in Africa due to the coronavirus. And with increasing violence in the country, most hospitals have closed and there is little to no access to health facilities. In addition, many people live below the poverty line and lack food and clean water. A lack of water makes hand washing and general hygiene difficult. About 350,000 people urgently need access to sufficient water and shelter. Read the latest developments here>


UN is working to prevent COVID-19 among displaced populations
The United Nations (UN) is working to prevent the coronavirus among displaced and crisis-affected populations. Chad is home to the largest refugee population in the Sahel: almost half a million people who fled violence in neighboring Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic. The UN supports the Government of Chad’s awareness efforts and national response plan to address the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. Read more here>


After Brazil and Mexico, Peru is the worst hit by COVID-19 in Latin America
Despite the strict measures taken by Peru to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Peru is now one of the worst affected countries in the world. Public health experts say it is nearly impossible for many poor Peruvians to comply with quarantine measures. Some government measures have also failed, inadvertently leading to larger gatherings of people. Read more here>