Prevention saves lives
COVID-19 is both a health pandemic that is killing thousands and a socio-economic crisis that is threatening the welfare of millions
Even before the world brings the COVID-19 disaster under control, we will all be demanding: “Never again.” We can never go back to business as usual.
The current COVID-19 disaster demonstrates that which UNDRR outlined in the Global Assessment on Risk 2019: risk is systemic, and crises are cascading. Disasters are rapidly producing further disaster to become more complex and deadly.
Everyone is affected, but not everyone is affected equally. The elderly, people living with disabilities, gig workers and the poor and marginalised are most vulnerable. The only solution is prevention. Prevention saves lives.
This is why UNDRR, working with the UN system and other partners, is working to include risk in all development action to make sure hazards of all kinds - including pandemics - do not become disasters.