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61st Newsletter on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction



Poverty during the COVID-19 Pandemic and in the Post-Crisis Period in Serbia

Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia

The crisis on a global scale caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many health care and socio-economic challenges and has raised questions about the approaches to be taken toward addressing the consequences. One of the issues is the impact of the pandemic on poverty in the crisis and post-crisis periods. According to international experts, the severity of the pandemic’s impact on the increase of poverty in a country depends primarily on two factors: 1) the impact of the pandemic on economic activity and 2) the number of people living close to the poverty line. Full text




Young People Facing Cancer and the Coronavirus

Milkica Dimitrijević

8c001aba-d256-42d2-96f8-cd0aaf747426.png Isolation, disinfection, hand washing, social distancing – these preventive measures have already been a part of the daily routine for children and youth receiving cancer treatment, as well as for their families. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy cause the immune system to weaken, thus increasing the risk for oncology patients of contracting various infections that may threaten their lives. How does this pandemic affect them? They still have to follow the same rules as before, only with much greater risk, caution and maximum isolation. Full text


The Face of the Crisis

“We have made more masks than we planned, and that makes me very pleased!”

28265977-0e7a-45a3-ba2c-5af9a2589073.png These were the opening lines of our conversation with Tamara Savović, Director of the Women’s Shelter in Sombor, the institution that initiated the charitable activity titled “The Shelter’s Wholehearted Support to Its Fellow Citizens” – the solidarity-inspired manufacture of protective masks. The town of Sombor and Zapadna Bačka District, like most actors in the global theatre at this moment of profound crisis caused by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, found themselves in an inconvenient position of not being able to provide the basic protective equipment at a short notice, in particular the protective masks for its citizens. Full text

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