10 August, 2020
- Mosadoluwa Agbonyin
Alarmed by a potential rise in food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries and organizations are mounting special efforts to keep citizens alive and happy.
The United Nations World Food Programme has warned that an estimated 265 million people could face acute food insecurity by the end of 2020, up from 135 million people before the crisis, because of income and remittance losses.
This socio-economic impact of Corona Virus is mostly felt by the People Affected by Leprosy in Nigeria. These are set of people who normally depend on begging to survive due to their physical disabilities caused by the deadly disease.
People Affected by Leprosy across Leprosy settlements in Nigeria often have to travel a couple of miles to the city to beg for food and money. These have been hugely affected by the lock-down and restriction of movement; neither could People visit them to provide them with food.
Damien Foundation; a medical NGO focused on the eradication of Leprosy and Tuberculosis in Nigeria; is the largest organization in Nigeria who takes the medical and social welfare of People affected by Leprosy as a priority. Other than the public lectures, media campaigns that the foundation has intensified on, the foundation has also launched a COVID-19 Food Response, a national food and fund-raising effort to support people facing hunger in our society.