The current COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted lives for people all over the world. Additionally, the impact of the virus will persist, especially for countries with extreme poverty. It is essential to invest in and combat global poverty now when countries are most vulnerable and at risk. The World Bank suggests that “40 to 60 million people will fall into extreme poverty (less than $1.90 a day) in 2020.” These numbers do not include those who will live on $3.20 and $5.50 a day; this suggests that almost 110-320 million people will fall victim to heightened poverty conditions due to COVID-19.
Consequently, it will now be harder for people in these areas to achieve food security, equality education, steady incomes above the poverty line, clean drinking water, and stability. The UN Ending Poverty research reveals that “ending extreme poverty is in our reach” according to past data and future predictions. Thus, it is essential to focus on minimizing global poverty while it is at its peak due to COVID-19. If you live in Pennsylvania, reach out to Senator Casey, Senator Toomey, and your respective representative to express the importance of passing legislation focused on ending global poverty.
Sophia McWilliams, Bethlehem