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Red Cross concern over the World 'dangerously unprepared' scenario for the next crisis

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AFP    31 January 2023

The Red Cross issued a warning on Monday stating that all nations are still "dangerously unprepared" for the next pandemic and that future health crises may coincide with increasingly frequent climate-related calamities. Strong preparedness systems are "severely lacking" after three "brutal" years of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

 

According to the largest humanitarian network in the world, is essential to preparing for the next catastrophe and build trust, equity, and local action networks.

 

The IFRC said that because disasters might happen concurrently, nations should be ready for "many risks, not just one." Only by preparing for a variety of disasters can communities become resilient, according to the IFRC.

 

On the third anniversary of the World Health Organization, it declared the virus a global public health emergency, the IFRC released two studies with recommendations for preventing catastrophes similar to Covid-19 in the future.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic, according to IFRC Secretary General Jagan Chapagain, should serve as a wake-up call for the international community to get ready for the next health emergency and ensure global equality in the provision of top medical facilities.

 

The IFRC urged for developing pandemic response products that are less expensive and simpler to store and use. The report recommended that by 2025, countries boost their domestic health spending by 1% of GDP and their global health spending by at least $15 billion annually.

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