In 2022 we The effect will still be felt Covid-19 worldwide. Many of us are counting the numbers directly linked to the virus – how many people have Vaccinated, Infected, or hospitalized, how many are on the ventilator or have died. But we tend to ignore the indirect effects of the virus — and the measures taken to prevent infection ওপর on our most vulnerable citizens: children, adolescents, and women. We must now turn our attention to this “shadow epidemic” if there is any hope of bringing our earth back to normal.
Although women, children and adolescents are less likely to get sick or die from coronavirus than others, they have been unevenly hampered in many of the services they rely on due to lockdowns and deviations from important resources.
Less than two out of ten of the Covid-19 health-related activities are considered sexually explicit, according to the latest “Global Health 50/50 Report, Published in 2021. But we can make very wrong choices without acknowledging the potential impact of the crisis on different genders and ages. This is because decision makers, still mostly men, tend to forget the weak.
The School closed The epidemic, for example, has created educational gaps for many children and adolescents. Governments are working to keep education as open as possible, but many have underestimated the fact that, for millions of children, school lunch was their only meal of the day. Many countries have not even planned or even thought about how to reach hungry children when school is closed.
In 2022 we will also see the long-term effects of the shadow epidemic on non-covid global health care. While hospital systems continue to focus on the Covid-19 vaccine and treatment, Regular vaccinations For many diseases (most have already been forgotten in the Western world) and the necessary access to maternal health services has been set aside. As a result of the epidemic, for example, in 124 countries surveyed, 39 percent reported a decline in coverage of family planning services and 38 percent reported a decline in coverage of antenatal and postpartum maternal health services.
Even before the epidemic, our world was not on track to achieve much Sustainable development goals (Established by the UN General Assembly in 2015 and intended to be achieved by 2030) Concerning women and children. Lockdowns and resource redistribution in 2020 and 2021 have made the situation worse. And combined with other crises that affect much of the world চল ongoing conflicts, climate change, the economic downturn গুলি these will plague many more people, including women and children, with ill health, malnutrition and hunger.
As the rate of Covid-19 infection is declining, thanks to the successful rollout and adoption of the vaccine, we will pay more attention to this shadow epidemic in 2022 and its effects. We will not shy away from being able to speak out loud and openly about the side effects of some of the policy measures we have introduced to deal with the virus. We will see that we have no choice but to allocate local and global resources, such as nutritious food and ongoing healthcare services, to those most in need. And we all need to work to prevent further damage to these vulnerable groups and to repair the damage done so far.
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