Author: Jennifer Philipp

LONDON, the United Kingdom — Financial hardship has been endemic in the United Kingdom. The most recent figures from the Department For Work and Pensions indicates that about 14 million U.K. citizens fall below the poverty line. This is the highest number since the U.K. government started collecting poverty figures in 2002. Put more practically, this means that about one-fifth of the U.K. population experiences poverty. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Northern Ireland and Scotland both have a poverty rate of 19%, whereas England and Wales respectively have poverty rates of 22% and 23%. Of this group, over half…

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DODOMA, Tanzania — Fifty truck drivers coming into Kenya from Tanzania tested positive for COVID-19 in one day during the month of May. As a result, Kenya closed its border with Tanzania starting May 16, except for cargo traffic. April 29, was the last time official data was released on the number of cases in the country. Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli, says the country stopped releasing the number of positive cases daily because they were creating panic. So, what’s really going on with COVID-19 in Tanzania? Suppressing Information Magufuli’s administration has been criticized since his election for enacting oppressive legislation…

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SEATTLE, Washington — On February 11, 2020, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) financed $50 billion worth of IDA resources to support developing countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This money will go to the World Bank’s COVID-19 response to help strengthen global national systems. Specifically, it will help to prepare public health professionals by training doctors and nurses to diagnose, treat and contain COVID-19. The training will help approximately 100 developing countries during the pandemic and continue to help them prosper after the pandemic. Developments and Progress At the beginning of April, President of the World Bank…

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KHAYELITSHA, South Africa — Khayelitsha is a small township based in Cape Town, South Africa, with a 15 square miles area and a population of over 400,000. Recently, the world has started to pay closer attention to Khayelitsha due to its rapid rise of COVID-19 cases. As of mid-June 2020, South Africa as a whole has documented over 83,000 COVID-19 cases. Khayelitsha has reported a total of about 5,800 cases, with approximately 1,500 deaths. Additionally, Western Cape has recorded 44,143, or 53% of all claims in South Africa. Khayelitsha’s Beginning Prime Minister of South Africa Pieter Williem Botha founded the township of…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The oil-dependent nation of Gabon, where the poverty rate is 32.2%,  continues to grapple with widespread poverty due to the ongoing oil crisis. According to an analysis by Bloomberg Economics, $22 of the predicted $40 drop in the price of a barrel is due to COVID-19 in Gabon weakening the oil demand. As the spread of the COVID-19 continues to hinder Gabon’s economic growth, social and economic measures are becoming increasingly vital to minimize unemployment and poverty rates. Without such assistance, vulnerable groups may struggle with access to food, healthcare and other much-needed resources during this time.…

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SEATTLE, Washington — COVID-19 is changing our world one day at a time. The impacts of the global pandemic have been driving people apart as countries implement social distancing, travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders. Yet, the small nation of Cuba found a way to pave new relationships and combat COVID-19 while maintaining a social distance of 7,569 km. Cuba and International Aid The presence of Cuban “white coat brigades” across the globe may seem strange. However, it has long been a standing pillar of the Cuban identity. Cuba has administered international aid, specifically foreign medical aid, since 1963 when the…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Like many other countries, South Africa enacted a nationwide lockdown in late March amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the country has been progressing through a five-stage lockdown plan. On May 1, the country shifted from Level 5 to Level 4 lockdown restrictions—from “drastic measures” to “extreme precautions”– to halt the spread of the virus, according to government-issued infographics. On June 1, South Africa further eased its lockdown restrictions and progressed to Level 3 of the five-stage plan. South African mobile communication company Vodacom, developed three digital COVID-19 solutions to safeguard the health of South Africans as…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Women in the workforce battle inequality every day. Congress is striving to improve the current conditions with a new proposed bill. According to a 2018 U.N. report, women lack fundamental economic rights and are 4% more likely to live in poverty than men worldwide. Congress recognizes the numerous social barriers that withhold female promotion in the global workforce, including restrictions on employment, building credit status and accessing other legalities, such as being free to sign court documents and contracts independently. Thus, on March 5, 2020, Representative Michael McCaul for Texas introduced the bill 6117: the Women’s Global…

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YAMOUSSOUKRO, Cote d’Ivoire — COVID-19 poses a unique set of obstacles in nations with high concentrations of poverty. Those living in poverty are often unable to afford or do not have access to lifesaving medical attention. Additionally, increased unemployment as a result of COVID-19 exacerbates poverty and further contributes to vulnerable families not having access to food and other resources. Keeping this in mind is particularly relevant in battling COVID-19 in Côte d’Ivoire, where 46.3% of the population falls below the poverty line. The Facts The Ministry of Public Health and Hygiene of Côte d’Ivoire had the first confirmed case…

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SEATTLE, Washington — President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019 into law on March 26, 2020. The TAIPEI Act of 2019 seeks to strengthen Taiwan’s international alliances in response to Chinese pressure. It also calls for the U.S. to reduce its economic, security and diplomatic engagement with countries whose actions undermine Taiwan. The Chinese government criticizes the TAIPEI Act as interference in China’s domestic affairs and a “severe violation of the one-China principle.” The legislation emerged after China pressured eight countries to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan following the 2016 election…

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