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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.

Many of the world's poorest communities depend on jobs like manual labour and handwashing clothes to make the income they need to survive but lockdown restrictions have made this impossible, and families are now struggling to feed their children.

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

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.

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

Horn of Africa

In Somalia, we are implementing a number of specific Covid-19 responses in its educational activities, such as supporting the development of distance learning opportunities for children and the provision of WASH facilities and supplies and hygiene promotion work, ensuring that schools and children can remain safe and hygienic. We have worked with health centres to ensure fumigation is done, health workers are trained and that PPE is procured and distributed. In addition, hand-washing stations have been installed, soap has been provided, and the provision of water has been undertaken.

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, the importance of social distancing is being emphasised throughout our programme areas and amongst our staff. Our programmes are ensuring that the number of people attending clinics, training and food distributions at any one time are kept to a minimum and our teams use every opportunity to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. To date we have provided over 1,200 hand-washing stations in key locations, provided over 14,134 people with soap and sanitiser, and provided over 49,000 people with improved access to water as part of the Covid-19 response. Through posters and awareness campaigns, we have reached over 613,000 people with Covid-awareness messaging to ensure everyone is aware of the importance of prevention practices. Concern has trained over 380 health care workers and 920 community health workers in Covid-19 prevention and response.

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.

Francophone Africa

West, East and Central Africa


Middle East


Apoline Niyosenge is taught how to wash her hands properly by Concern community worker Abel Bamwisho, DRC. Photo: Pamela Tulizo

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