For countries and communities already in crisis — where health systems are weak, basic medical equipment is lacking and there are severe shortages of healthcare workers — the impact of coronavirus will be devastating.
The world’s most vulnerable people are increasingly located in urban areas, where overcrowding makes practising social distancing impossible. Imposed lockdowns are already having a major impact on people’s access to food, livelihoods and basic items, while poor welfare systems are unable to support unemployed workers for a long period.
The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) launched an appeal in July to help protect refugees and displaced people. These communities, who have already lost so much, are now extremely vulnerable to the virus. Many are living in refugee or displacement camps, in fragile, war-torn countries such as Syria and South Sudan. In these cramped, crowded conditions, social distancing isn't always possible. Running water or soap isn't guaranteed. Food is scarce and there aren't enough hospital beds or supplies to treat people.
As a member of the DEC, Concern is scaling up its response to this pandemic to support the world’s most at-risk people.
We are currently responding to the coronavirus pandemic across 22 countries of operation, reaching tens of thousands of people through activities including:
- Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to health workers
- Building handwashing stations, distributing hygiene supplies, and providing other sanitation services to help prevent the spread of the virus
- Promoting health messaging, such as radio and text message information campaigns
- Training and supporting health facilities
- Cash transfers and livelihood support
Donate to the DEC Coronavirus Appeal