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The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic presents an exceptional challenge for countries all over the world. 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 that are already struggling with the impact of conflict, climate change 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.
Here is a detailed breakdown of how we are responding in each country.
On 16 March 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health of Somalia confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in the country’s capital, Mogadishu. Somalia has just one ICU bed per million people. We are taking all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to the communities we serve while ensuring the continuity of our lifesaving programmes. To do this, we are:
In Ethiopia, we have adjusted how we work, briefing and training all our staff to ensure general understanding of the virus and necessary safety and prevention measures are in place. We have also reviewed and tweaked all activities to avoid large gatherings, while also ensuring our essential lifesaving programmes such as food distributions and treating malnutrition continue, without putting vulnerable populations at risk.
In our more targeted Covid-19 response, we are:
On 5 April, the government of South Sudan announced its first confirmed case of Covid-19 in the country. Since then, there has been a gradual increase of cases. To respond to Covid-19 in South Sudan, we are:
Concern is working with the Kenyan government in its response to Covid-19 by providing technical support through working groups and coordination meetings, but we are also responding by:
In Burundi, we are responding to Covid-19 by:
In Rwanda, our team have developed strategies to support vulnerable communities through activities such as cash transfers, which will help to mitigate the economic impact of social distancing measures.
In DRC, we are adapting all our distribution activities in accordance with social distancing guidelines. However, we will continue cash transfer activities to help mitigate the economic impact of the virus. We are also adapting our health programme activities to include relevant hygiene activities and community messaging on infection.
The arrival of Covid-19 in the Central African Republic (CAR) is expected to exacerbate the vulnerabilities of a population who are already coping with ongoing conflict, particularly in terms of access to good quality health services, adequate nutrition and livelihoods opportunities. As the hungriest country in the world, with one of the world’s weakest health systems, it is vital that we respond quickly and effectively. So far, we are:
In Niger, we are increasing all community awareness activities by sharing messages and advice to reduce the spread of Covid-19 over the radio. In addition, we are:
The first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Chad was announced on the 19 of March. We are trying to maintain all activities, while at the same time taking the required mitigating measures. In response to Covid-19, we are:
In Liberia, our team has been scaling down our general programme activities in line with government restrictions. The primary focus at present has been on preparing materials to raise awareness around social distancing and handwashing, including the production of radio jingles.
In Sierra Leone, we have introduced a range of activities under our programmes to help slow the spread of the virus, many of which are adapted from our response to the Ebola crisis in 2017. These include:
We are also maintaining essential health services so people still receive treatment for non-Covid-19 related health issues. The prevalence of life-threatening illnesses, such as malaria, is only set to increase with the onset of the rainy season, which typically runs from May until October. A large part of our health response is to support those clinics so that they can remain operational and continue to treat such conditions during this pandemic. We’re supplying them with vital Infection Protection Control (IPC) materials – everything from chlorine to hand sanitiser – so that they can maintain a safe and sterile environment for both staff and patients.
In Sudan, our team has been scaling back regular programme activities in line with government social distancing restrictions and our health programme activities are currently being adapted to align with the national Covid-19 response strategy. We are:
Malawi’s population is particularly vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19, with just 25 intensive care unit beds and 20 ventilators in a country of more than 17 million people. As a result, our team has adapted our programme activities to reduce the size of meetings, keeping physical distance between the farmers we work with and introducing handwashing before and after trainings and seed fairs. We are also responding by:
The outbreak of Covid-19 is likely to affect Afghanistan significantly due to its weak health system, limited access to hygiene and sanitation facilities, and cramped living conditions in camps where people having fled conflict are currently living. As a result, we are responding by:
Bangladesh is reportedly the only country where the Covid-19 death rate is higher than the recovery rate. The government has imposed a nationwide shutdown in a bid to contain the virus. As such, we have redesigned our nutrition services at the Rohingya camps near the city of Cox’s Bazar, where over 900,000 refugees are living in close proximity to each other and are in significant danger should Covid-19 enter the community. In addition to this, we are responding by:
In Pakistan, where 45 deaths had been reported up to 6 April, we are adapting along with the Pakistan government's National Action Plan for Covid-19. The aim of the plan is to boost response capacity including surveillance systems, community engagement and awareness.
In DPRK, all movement within Pyongyang has been restricted as WHO personal protective equipment arrives in the country.
In Iraq, years of war have taken a toll on its population and on governance, resulting in a limited capacity to rebuild the country. This is becoming even more challenging with the growing number of Covid-19 cases. Furthermore, over 200,000 people are living in camps in northern Iraq, making social distancing measures extremely difficult. We are:
In Lebanon, all activities that require group sessions have been suspended, as are all livelihoods activities, until further notice. However, emergency work in terms of water, sanitation and hygiene is ongoing, as are our shelter activities. Our current activities in relation to Covid-19 response include:
In Turkey, the number of deaths has now passed the 2000 mark.
We are responding to Covid-19 by:
The scale, severity and complexity of needs in Syria remain extensive with an estimated 11.7 million people in need, including thousands of people living in camps and informal settlements. These communities are especially vulnerable to Covid-19 because of crowded living conditions, inadequate shelter, limited access to water, handwashing facilities and soap, the prevalence of pre-existing medical conditions, with limited functioning health facilities. As a result, we are:
Already hit by a severe political and environmental crisis, Haiti is now facing another significant challenge with Covid-19. It will be particularly difficult in the slum areas of Port-of-Prince where we are currently implementing programmes.
Our team is committed to following Government recommendations such as social distancing and are working on adapting our programmes in Port-of-Prince in order to respond to the threat. Under our ‘Disaster Risks Reduction’ (DRR) programme, we have been putting in place important prevention measures such as social distancing messaging, hygiene kit distributions and water point and pump installations.
The coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis that requires a global response. Concern has always been committed to a principal of leaving no-one behind – and this has never been more relevant.
If you’d like to help, please donate to our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal