MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, BANTUL – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought impacts on humanitarian aspects as a decline in economic activities, health issues, and an increase of inequality. To discuss the issues, Master’s Program of International Relations of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) conducted the International Student Conference on Humanity Issues (ISCHI) virtually focusing on ‘Global Transformation/Evolution and Challenge in Post Pandemic through Pandemics Era’.
The conference discussed impacts of COVID-19 on humanitarian issues and how to respond to the post-pandemic era.
“Naomi Klein, a Canadian social activist, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is a boon for capitalism, leads to the commercialization of health care and medicines, and put personal interests over public interests,” quoted Prof. Dr. Alberto Gomes, DEEP Network & Emeritus Professor of La Trobe University Australia.
Besides, the COVID-19 pandemic raises public health issues. “One of them is the absence of a public health system. The focus turns to make profits. Some people don’t have health insurance, and some health cares don’t have well-systematic tests so that the COVID-19 is rapidly and continuously transmitted. It shows this pandemic renders inequality,” he added.
Responding to impacts of the pandemic on humanity, there are several ways to carry out. One of them is creating social solidarity through collaboration, mutual cooperation, and mutual assistance. “We have to focus on people’s welfare, promote social justice, equality, social inclusion, as well as diversity, and instill empathy, compassion, and caring,” he mentioned.