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Pandemic caused ‘staggering’ economic, human impact in global south, study says | Berkeley News

News | Feb 05 2021
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A recently published study by CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel and coauthors was outlined by the Berkeley News. The study demonstrates the stark impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on health and economic outcomes for the most vulnerable communities in the Global South:

“The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year led to a devastating loss of jobs and income across the global south, threatening hundreds of millions of people with hunger and lost savings and raising an array of risks for children, according to new research co-authored at the University of California, Berkeley.

The research, published today (Feb. 5, 2021) in the journal Science Advances, found “staggering” income losses after the pandemic emerged last year, with a median 70% of households across nine countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America reporting financial losses. By April last year, roughly 50% or more of those surveyed in several countries were forced to eat smaller meals or skip meals altogether, a number that reached 87% for rural households in the West African country of Sierra Leone.”

Source: Pandemic caused ‘staggering’ economic, human impact in global south, study says | Berkeley News

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