Cure hunger or buy medicine? – Sri Lankans confused due to crisis, says IFRC
Due to the worsening economic crisis in Sri Lanka, people are confused about whether to use the money they receive to cure hunger or buy medicine, states the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC). If they do not have both, they say that they are lost in the economic issues of spending money on children’s education. The IFRC has come to this conclusion from a survey conducted by them.
The survey of 2900 families in 11 districts revealed that almost 95% of the 2900 families had been affected by the Sri Lankan economic crisis.
The IFRC organization states that food insecurity, health problems, livelihood and nutrition-related problems are among the impacts on Sri Lankans due to the intensifying economic crisis.
The survey has revealed that the food security of Sri Lankans has been greatly affected due to the unavailability of food, high prices and low income. They point out that high inflation and the loss of livelihoods are having a major impact on Sri Lankans’ ability to cope with the immensely high cost of living.
The IFRC claims that the loss of livelihoods is causing significant food insecurity, rising inflation is driving up the cost of medicine and high fuel costs are preventing access to essential health services.
The survey report states that if there is no humanitarian intervention in the severe economic crisis in Sri Lanka, it may have a long-term impact on Sri Lankans.
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