IMF Changes Seen Opening Path for New Ukraine Loan
By VOA News March 18, 2023
The International Monetary Fund said Friday its executive board has approved changes to its financing policy aimed at countries facing "exceptionally high uncertainty."
The measure is widely viewed as a way to open a new loan program for Ukraine as it enters the second year of fighting back a Russian invasion.
The IMF said in a statement, "The changes apply in situations of exceptionally high uncertainty, involving exogenous shocks that are beyond the control of country authorities and the reach of their economic policies, and which generate larger than usual tail risks."
Meanwhile, DreamApp recently conducted a sleep quality research study on 745 Ukrainians and how the Russian invasion has affected their sleep, dreams and mental health.
A little more than 82% of the participants said they remembered their dreams, which is an indication, DreamApp said, of "superficial sleep that does not provide a full rest."
"When the brain does not receive enough sleep, traumatic experiences cannot be processed adequately, causing further strain on mental health," according to Jesse Lyon, Dream App's chief dream scientist. "It effectively traps these experiences in the brain causing a state of constant tension and heightened fight-or-flight response."
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