Jordan chairs meeting on COVID-19 pandemic’s ramifications on Arab countries
Jordan chaired on Wednesday a meeting of the Arab Council for Population and Development (ACPD) on the COVID-19 pandemic on the Arab countries and the role of population councils for response plans.
In the meeting, which was held via video conferencing, Secretary-General of the ACPD in the Arab League, Abla Ammawi said that the COVID-19 pandemic has created major challenges that affected many Arab countries.
Ammawi said that there are high chronic diseases rates in the Arab world, in spite of the relatively young populations, which could increase the mortality rates due to the pandemic.
She said that the pandemic had shown the need for response plans and the necessity for drawing up comprehensive frameworks for social protection, chief of which is the health coverage, social security, unemployment compensation.
She highlighted that the ACPD has played a key role throughout the crisis, by shedding light on the different characteristics of populations, which in turn are key in determining gaps and priorities needed to be taken into consideration.
Source: Jordan News Agency