| May 12, 2020
COVID19 and hunger!
In Pakistan, it is expected that that in the next few months, 18 million more people may slip into abject poverty due to low economic growth and double-digit food inflation as claimed by Pakistan’s leading economists.
The national poverty ratio, which was 31.3% in June 2018, would sharply jump to over 40% by June 2020. In absolute terms, people living in poverty will increase from 69 million in June 2018 to 87 million by June 2020, indicating 26% increase in poverty or an addition of 18 million people.
The situation is very alarming due to an economic growth rate that is close to the population growth rate and an exponential increase in prices of perishable food items
With a population of over 210 million, Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world. With nearly one third of the population subsisting from daily and piece-rate wages, the COVID-19 response has necessitated an urgent and immediate strategy to protect those living in extreme poverty.
With lockdowns in effect and physical distancing measures mandatory, there were concerns about the spread of COVID-19, due to which the large population living under the poverty line such as daily wagers are facing hunger.
The state of hunger in Pakistan is clearly explained above. A large number of people in Pakistan sleep on an empty stomach every night. Hence, Fatima Memorial Hospital and NUR Foundation have taken the matter in their own hands and have started to supply food to poverty stricken students and families of NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP).
We are trying to feed as many poor as we can but it is not enough and require more support from our donors in these testing times. The world is suffering but countries like Pakistan are facing major brunt. There are many more families who are unable to afford three meals per day and in order for us to continue to serve the poverty stricken masses. Your donations and support can make a huge difference.
Thank you for your continued support!