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The Humanitarian Response To COVID-19

April 03, 2020

The latest issue of The Takeaway makes the case that the pandemic is primarily a humanitarian crisis in which developing countries are most at risk.

COLLEGE STATION, April 9, 2020 - In this time of unprecedented travel bans, supply chain disruptions and business shutdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic is a threat that will cost the global economy trillions of dollars and exacerbate unrest and violence in developing nations.

In the latest issue of The Takeaway, an assistant professor of information and operations management makes the cases that COVID-19 is primarily a humanitarian crisis, and developing countries are at the most risk.

The author, Andres F. Jola-Sanchez of the Mays Business School, researchers war and urban crisis in the field of operations management. In “Humanitarian Response to COVID-19: A Discussion of Challenges in Disaster Management for Developing Countries,” Jola-Sanchez discusses the challenges for developing countries throughout the disaster management lifecycle, and makes several policy recommendations related to preparedness, response, mitigation and rehabilitation.

“We hope developed nations are now learning how to deal with this disaster more efficiently and effectively and recognize that sharing that knowledge and collaborating with the countries in the most need is essential for their own relief and development strategy,” Jola-Sanchez writes.

The Takeaway is a publication of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University.