COVID in the Developing World

Speaker: Al Dutton, Chief Executive, SCIAF Caritas Scotland

Join us with Al Dutton as he reflects on the Covid-19 pandemic and how it is affecting the developing world.

While the number of Covid-19 cases in Europe is declining, the pandemic is just gathering pace in the developing world.  However, despite the potential danger from Covid, people are most worried about the poverty pandemic that Covid has caused.  The World Bank estimates that almost half a billion people will be pushed further into poverty (below US$5.50/day) and, with no savings or assets they can sell, the reality for many is that if they don’t get paid today, they don’t eat today.  Staying at home just isn’t an option.

Al, a parishioner of St Mary’s, is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF – Caritas Scotland) and former Humanitarian Director for Caritas Internationalis, the global humanitarian and development confederation of the Roman Catholic Church.

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