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Find Out Where and How Relief International is Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic

Refugees, families displaced from their homes, and the people we serve in the world’s most fragile settings will be hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has officially reached all of the sixteen countries where Relief International works. Our teams are on the frontline every day, responding to outbreaks in the world’s most fragile settings.


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Coronavirus

The coronavirus will hit people living in fragile settings hardest.

The World Health Organization has declared the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus as a pandemic. Most countries have reported cases of the novel coronavirus, including all of the fragile settings where Relief International operates.

The more than 70 million men, women, and children displaced from their homes living in refugee camps or crowded urban areas are at the greatest risk for contracting the virus. These families are often living under harsh, overcrowded conditions with limited access to healthcare. We are very concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect people living in already vulnerable situations.

It is also in these fragile settings where the virus will spread rapidly, overwhelming not only their health systems but grinding all other services to a halt.

Relief International is responding to the ever-evolving outbreak by launching new responses and adapting existing programs so that refugees and those living in fragile settings do not lose the services they depend on amidst this global pandemic. From sourcing protective medical gear for frontline health workers in Iran to continuing our life-changing programs with Syrian refugees in Jordan, our local teams are on the ground responding to the widespread impact of the virus.

In Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Our work responding to the novel coronavirus in fragile settings across the globe.

Live Updates: Go Inside Relief International’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Relief International is ramping up our responses to COVID-19 in all of the sixteen countries where we work, including Iran, Syria, and Yemen. Get the latest updates on our work in the world’s most fragile settings:

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Afghanistan

A Disease Deadlier than War: One Doctor’s Struggle to Contain COVID-19 in Afghanistan

Relief International has been preparing for months for the arrival of coronavirus in Afghanistan, where the disease is spreading rapidly – and largely undetected – throughout the country. The COVID-19 outbreak threatens to overwhelm the country’s existing health services and make an already fragile situation much worse.

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Pakistan

In Photos: Relief International Responds to COVID-19 Outbreak in Pakistan

In Pakistan, Relief International teams on the ground are responding to the country’s major outbreak of COVID-19 by providing hygiene kits to Afghan refugee families who will be hardest hit by the pandemic.

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Philippines

“It’s not a normal day at work”: Responding to COVID-19 and Polio in the Philippines

The second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao is one of the most fragile settings in the world. The site of a decades-long conflict and recurrent earthquakes, the island community is now struggling to contain competing outbreaks of polio and the novel coronavirus, which serve to push families to their limits.

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Iran

Update: Iran’s Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic

As Iranians continue to battle the devastating effects of COVID-19, Relief International is ramping up our response. We are importing protective medical equipment for health workers and launching new projects to support people hardest hit by the pandemic.

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Message from CEO: Nancy Wilson’s Coronavirus Update

We are ramping up our responses in the world’s most fragile settings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus – and keeping our current programs up-and-running at this difficult time.

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Why Is Water Vital For Containing The Coronavirus Pandemic?

This year, World Water Day falls amidst one of the world’s worst pandemics. We sat down with Relief International’s Technical Director for Water and Sanitation Jill Lauren Hass to understand the challenges that refugees, displaced families, and those living in fragile settings face in accessing clean water in the midst of a global pandemic.

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Jordan

Coronavirus: “We are concerned that this pandemic will disrupt refugees’ education”

As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, we have all had to make adjustments in our daily lives and routines. For those living in refugee camps or overcrowded settlements, life has become unrecognizable.

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Live Updates: Go Inside Relief International’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Afghanistan

A Disease Deadlier than War: One Doctor’s Struggle to Contain COVID-19 in Afghanistan

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Pakistan

In Photos: Relief International Responds to COVID-19 Outbreak in Pakistan

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Philippines

“It’s not a normal day at work”: Responding to COVID-19 and Polio in the Philippines

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Iran

Update: Iran’s Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic

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Message from CEO: Nancy Wilson’s Coronavirus Update

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Why Is Water Vital For Containing The Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Jordan

Coronavirus: “We are concerned that this pandemic will disrupt refugees’ education”

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Live Updates: Go Inside Relief International’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

hekmat-afghanistan.jpg

A Disease Deadlier than War: One Doctor’s Struggle to Contain COVID-19 in Afghanistan

photostory-hero-pak-covid19-4-05282020.jpg

In Photos: Relief International Responds to COVID-19 Outbreak in Pakistan

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“It’s not a normal day at work”: Responding to COVID-19 and Polio in the Philippines

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Update: Iran’s Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic

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Message from CEO: Nancy Wilson’s Coronavirus Update

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Why Is Water Vital For Containing The Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Coronavirus: “We are concerned that this pandemic will disrupt refugees’ education”