Meet some of our colleagues responding on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing humanitarian crises in Lebanon, South Sudan, and Afghanistan.
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Since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, Relief International’s team on the ground have been preparing for the virus’s eventual arrival in Cox’s Bazar. We began ramping up our response months before the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in mid-May.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.