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Concern's response to Covid-19

Our teams are on the ground helping the world's most vulnerable communities

Concern's response to Covid-19
Our teams are on the ground helping the world's most vulnerable communities

The Covid-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge for countries all over the world - but Concern remains committed to our humanitarian mission.

As the outbreak continues to spread, our teams are already responding to this global threat and are well-equipped to support those who are most vulnerable.

Given the impact of the disease on countries with strong health systems, Covid-19 poses an even larger threat to densely populated countries who are already struggling with the impact of conflict, climate and malnutrition.

Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley
“Covid-19 is a global humanitarian challenge, which needs an urgent global response. The world’s extreme poor cannot be left to address this crisis on their own. The international community needs to rally behind them to contain the virus, as the faster the virus is stopped, the quicker and stronger the global recovery will be."
Dominic MacSorley - Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide

Our focus will be on maintaining our current lifesaving programmes, where possible, as well as playing our part in raising awareness of the tools that can be used to fight the spread of the infection. We are already involved in the distribution of hygiene kits in Iraq, building water points and engaging youth groups in soap production in Haiti, and working with the Ministry of Health in Bangladesh to increase Covid-19 preparedness.

Our response by region

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Horn of Africa

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In Somalia, we’re looking at adapting our health and nutrition framework, promoting handwashing and hygiene and training our staff on both early detection and prevention techniques. We will also begin cash transfers in April.

In Ethiopia, we have reviewed and adjusted all activities to avoid large gatherings, while also maintaining important food distribution and services to our outpatient therapeutic programmes. We are working to distribute soap and protective equipment for health staff, as well as setting up hand-washing stations. Finally, we are looking at measures that include emergency unrestricted cash assistance and phone counselling.

In South Sudan, we are taking steps to minimise the number of people in health and nutrition centres at any one time. Staff are being trained on Covid-19 awareness, and being kept up to date on the latest guidance around pregnant women, breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding. We are also promoting hand and respiratory hygiene as well as general awareness around social distancing, while implementing rainwater harvesting to provide water for handwashing.

In Kenya, we are working to provide cash assistance to urban households to cushion them against the economic impact of a Covid-19 shutdown, while we have proposed to work with a number of other agencies to promote awareness of social distancing and preparedness for an emergency situation. We are also working with the government and providing technical support through working groups and coordination meetings.

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Francophone Africa

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West, East and Central Africa

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Asia

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Middle East

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Haiti

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