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23 June 2020

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CSO Alliance: Urgent humanitarian response needed 23/06/2020

CSO Alliance: Urgent humanitarian response needed

23/06/20

Civil society and NGO groups are deeply concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in Fiji, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The dramatic increase in job losses, food security issues, health and essential needs have taken a toll on many families and communities, as requests for assistance surge across the country.

“The public is continuously being updated on COVID-19 restrictions but there is a critical need for a coherent and clearly communicated national response on recovery plans. The pandemic has accelerated existing inequalities and human rights issues like hunger and malnutrition, poverty, violence, lack of access to health, housing and other essential services,” said the Alliance.

Government has recently announced plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings, freedom of movement, the resumption of school and an international travel bubble.

“With some restrictions lifted, it is understandable that many of us cling to the idea of life returning to ‘normal’. Unfortunately, the devastation caused by COVID-19 will have a lasting impact. Families are still struggling to put food on the table for their children daily and meet basic necessities. With school reopening, they may not be able to cope with the additional cost of education and transport,” said the Alliance.

The Alliance members have reported that resources to meet the demand is insufficient and humanitarian groups are forced to prioritise the most significantly affected communities, marginalised and the most vulnerable. The Alliance is urging for a more informed mid-term and long-term comprehensive gender-responsive national plan to respond to the increasingly declining situation that many communities are facing.

“The public needs to be informed of future plans. We need a recovery plan that is sustainable and protects the dignity and livelihood of all Fijians,” said the Alliance.

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The Fiji CSO Alliance for COVID-19 Humanitarian Response is made up of 8 organisations working across different sectors in Fiji including Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND), Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC), Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, Citizens' Constitutional Forum (CCF), Social Empowerment and Education Programme (SEEP), femLINKpacific, Rainbow Pride Foundation (RPF) and the Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM)