Grappling with a crisis like no other: the fragility of Arab countries in the face of COVID-19

-by Adel Abdellatif and Ellen Hsu

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In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. (Image Source: Wikipedia)
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As of March 30, 2020, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 20 Arab countries. (Source: WHO)
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A pandemic striking at the core of the SDGs.
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The Global Health Security Index is aggregated across six different sub-indices: Prevent, Detect, Respond, Health, Norms, Risk. More than 60% of the Arab countries are below the global average. (Source: GHS Index)
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Richer Arab countries are doing better in terms of physician density but they are still below the global average of high-income countries, which stands at 30. (Source: World Bank)
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Trust in government has been declining since 2010–2011 in most Arab countries. (Source: Arab Barometer)
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Coverage scores are based on the availability of key indicators and appropriate dis-aggregations over time and for geographic subdivisions. Openness refers to the way in which the data are made available. (Source: ODIN)

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