The economic shock of the Covid-19 crisis has plunged many lower-income countries further into debt crisis. Oxfam has estimated that the health and economic impacts of Covid-19 could push half a billion more people into poverty. Countries need to be able to be able to bolster their healthcare systems now, and cope with the social and economic impacts of the crisis. Decades of austerity policies, and promotion of the private sector in public services, have resulted in under-investment in public health in many countries, leaving them with shortage of health workers and lack of medical equipment needed to fight Covid-19. For example, the Central African Republic has just 3 ventilators for almost 5 million people, and Malawi has only a quarter of the nurses needed to provide healthcare for all.
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