Concern is working with our partners in Iraq to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable people are not left behind as confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to rise in the country.
There is a growing fear that the virus could spread to overcrowded camps in northern Iraq to where almost 250,000 displaced people have fled. Many live in close proximity to each other with limited access to health and sanitation facilities. Social distancing is almost impossible and most have nowhere safe to go.
The problem is made worse by the state of the country’s healthcare system - stretched by decades of sanctions, conflict and neglect.
Concern is taking immediate action to protect tens of thousands of displaced people in northern Iraq, making sure that those most in need are not forgotten.
But we need your help to reach more people.
Working with our partners, we are supporting vulnerable people by:
- Distributing soap, detergent and hygiene kits to almost 85,000 displaced people in camps to help stop the spread of the infection
- Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene support to people living in the camps
- Leading public information Covid-19 prevention campaigns in the camps, while maintaining social distancing
We must act now to save lives and stop the spread of the disease. More than ever, your support is crucial.
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