We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 here at home. For people living in refugee camps, conflict zones or in poverty, without health care or clean water, COVID-19 is catastrophic. Millions around the world are facing hunger, illness and insecurity.
The disease itself, and the containment measures imposed by governments to prevent the spread, are causing sickness and death, loss of livelihoods, hunger and human rights abuses.
For children, there is an increased risk of violence, forced labour and early marriage. Confinement measures also provoke an increase in gender-based violence and abuse toward women and girls.
Certain contexts and regions are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 because they do not have the resources, infrastructure or stability to contain the spread of the virus and meet the needs of the population.
Our member agencies are on the ground, working to respond to the impact of COVID-19. We are
Providing clean water, soap and sanitizer; installing handwashing stations
Educating people about hygiene techniques, social distancing, and COVID-19 facts
Providing medical equipment and personal protective gear to health centres
Supporting isolation centres
Providing emergency food for people in need
Providing protection for women and children at risk
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"The world faces a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations — one that is spreading human suffering, crippling the global economy and upending people’s lives. COVID-19 is threatening the whole of humanity – and the whole of humanity must fight back. Global action and solidarity are crucial." (António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations, Global Humanitarian Response Plan)
"The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting us all. But the most devastating and destabilizing effects will be felt in the world’s poorest countries. " (Mark Lowcock Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations)