Governments and NGOs are postponing immunizations and other infectious disease efforts due to Covid-19, causing a major disruption to services for prevention or treatment of malaria, measles, polio, and tuberculosis, with grave implications for global health.
March saw the multilateral community organize on several fronts against a Covid-19 outbreak that was not yet a WHO-recognized pandemic when the month began. On March 1, there were barely 87,000 confirmed cases, 92 percent of them in China. WHO declared a pandemic on March 11.
The Trump administration on February 10 issued a proposed U.S. government budget that would eliminate funding for UNICEF and UNFPA and reduce support for WHO by 53 percent and for PAHO by 75 percent. The proposal repeated requests from the same exercise last year—such as the elimination of funds for USAID—while raising others: last year’s proposed 29 percent cut to the Global Fund increased to 58 percent.