This Is the Year of the Shadow Pandemic

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in 2022 we Still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are counting the numbers directly linked to the virus – how many people have been vaccinated, infected, or hospitalized, how many are on ventilators or have died. But we have tried to ignore the indirect effects of the virus on our most vulnerable citizens: children, adolescents and women, and the measures taken to prevent infections. If we have any hope of returning the world to normalcy, we must now turn our attention to this “shadow pandemic”.

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While women, children and adolescents are not more likely than others to get sick or die from the coronavirus, many of the services they rely on have been disproportionately interrupted due to lockdowns and diversion of vital resources. Experience happens.

As per the latest, less than two out of ten COVID-19 health-related activities are considered gender in any obvious way.Global Health 50/50 Report”, published in 2021. But without acknowledging the potential impact of crises on different genders and ages, we may be making a very wrong choice. This is because decision-makers, still mostly men, tend to forget about the weak.

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For example, the closure of schools during the pandemic has created an educational gap for many children and adolescents. Governments are working to keep education as open as possible, but many have paid little attention to the fact that for millions of children, the school lunch was the only meal of the day. Many countries have not even started planning or even thought about how they can reach those hungry children when schools are closed.

In 2022 we will also see the impact of a shadow pandemic in non-Covid global health care. While the hospital system continues to focus on COVID-19 vaccination and treatment, routine immunizations for many diseases (which have already been forgotten in the Western world) and essential access to maternal health care services have been pushed aside. Is. For example, as a result of the pandemic, 39 percent of the 124 countries surveyed reported a decline in coverage of family planning services and 38 percent reported a decline in coverage of antenatal and postpartum maternal-health services.

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Even before the pandemic, our world was not on track to achieve many sustainable development goals (established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and intended to be achieved by the year 2030) in relation to women and children. The lockdown and redistribution of resources in 2020 and 2021 have only worsened the situation. And combined with other crises affecting much of the world – ongoing conflict, climate change, economic recession – they will leave many more people, including women and children, suffering from poor health, undernourishment and hunger.

As COVID-19 infection rates decrease, thanks to the successful rollout and uptake of vaccines, we will focus more on this shadow pandemic and its impacts in 2022. To be able to speak loudly and openly about the side effects of some of the policy measures we have initiated to combat the virus will not be accepted. We will see that we have no choice but to allocate local and global resources, such as nutritious food and sustained health care services, to those in greatest need. And we all have to work to prevent further damage to these vulnerable groups and to repair the damage done so far.


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