Low-income countries have several systemic disadvantages that cumulatively inhibit their capacity to cope with the spread of COVID-19. These systemic disadvantages, a joint outcome of long-term poverty and resource-constrained healthcare systems, are only worsened by the unforeseen socio-economic outcomes of lockdowns and infections. Threatening one and all, they specifically impact on the most impoverished and vulnerable groups of people in these countries, in existential ways.
This panel will discuss the effects of economic and healthcare fallouts of COVID-19 on low-income countries, with a specific focus on groups such as women, refugees, and informal laborers, alongside options for international collaboration.
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