Cities, particularly urban slums in emerging countries worldwide, face extreme challenges in halting the coronavirus pandemic.
With limited COVID-19 vaccine available in the developing world, prevention through containment and social distancing, along with frequent handwashing, often seem the only viable strategies against the virus. Yet it is harder for slum dwellers, who are often informal daily wage earners and account for large proportion of city populations, to practice these prevention strategies.
Within slums, overcrowding, lack of sanitary services, or shared access to such basic services as water, sanitation, waste collection, and so on, exacerbate the risk of contagion.
It is important to identify the most vulnerable people before pandemic strikes, so that support networks, government agencies, and local non-governmental organizations can help people survive. COVID-19 is expected to push an additional 88 million to 150 million people into extreme poverty. There is an urgent need for swift, significant, and substantial policy action.
This webinar's objective is to discuss the joint project's outcomes, and a host of benefits and results.