Corona crisis: Consortium 12-12 launches call for solidarity with the South

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In Limpopo (South Africa) people infected with COVID-19 are screened from door to door. © Shutterstock

According to the United Nations, the Covid-19 pandemic is the most serious crisis in the world since the Second World War. In countries affected by food crisis, extreme poverty, conflict and lack of access to health care, the already vulnerable populations are the first victims of the pandemic.

Humanitarian needs are enormous. Whether in Congo, Syria or Haiti, the humanitarian situation of millions of people is deteriorating inexorably. In order to prevent an unprecedented disaster and meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations, action is needed now’, says Gilles Van Moortel, coordinator of Consortium 12-12. Moreover, according to the World Food Programme, the number of people in a food crisis could double as a result of the coronavirus and reach some 265 million in the coming weeks.

The funds raised will be used to support the actions of the members of Consortium 12-12 in five priority sectors: health, water and sanitation, food and livelihoods, child protection and education. In more than 40 countries, mainly in Africa (Congo, Burkina Faso, Senegal, South Africa...) but also in the Middle East (Syria, Palestinian territories...), Asia, Haiti and Latin America.

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Under the slogan "Saving more lives together", the Belgian Consortium for Emergency Aid (Consortium 12-12) launches national campaigns to collect donations in the event of exceptional humanitarian crises. Consortium 12-12 brings together 7 humanitarian organizations: the Belgian Red Cross, Caritas International Belgium, Doctors of the World, Handicap International, Oxfam-Solidarity, Plan International Belgium and UNICEF Belgium.