The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 386,581 people and infected more than 6.5 million people globally, with numbers still rising. In the United States alone, there are more than 1.8 million cases cases as of June 4, and more than 107,191 people have died.
Humanity & Inclusion's field teams have launched their most expansive emergency response in 38 years. Our goal: ensure the people we assist every day—people with disabilities or chronic health conditions, people with injuries, refugees, and especially older people—have the support they need to be protected from the virus.
Right now, we count 161 new projects that aim to protect our beneficiaries and staff from the virus, and to help them during their countries' lock downs. As COVID-19 takes aim at our planet's most vulnerable neighbors, we're ensuring that people with disabilities, people with injuries from conflict, children, women, and especially older people have the information--and even the soap--to stay healthy.
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Protecting the most vulnerable
Thanks to our donors, we've shifted or launched 161 projects that respond directly to the virus, including multiple awareness and prevention actions in Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Sierra Leone, and other countries.
Hygiene awareness--for everyone
Our teams are providing adapted stay-healthy messages to people with disabilities to ensure they have accurate, accessible information. Other messages are specifically targeted at caregivers. All of our messages are conveyed in a way that ensures that target audiences can understand the message.
We have 💯 #WorkPride knowing that HI teams are working harder than ever to ensure people with #disabilities, older people, #refugees & vulnerable individuals are included in our #COVID19 response.— Humanity & Inclusion U.S. (@HI_UnitedStates) May 11, 2020
We launched 1⃣6⃣1⃣ activities w/ INCLUSION top of mind.
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We will do everything we can to protect as many people as possible and help break the spread of COVID-19. We are so grateful to our supporters for stand by our side as we take on this challenge. But we will need your continued support.
COVID-19 interventions, a selection of projects
Humanity & Inclusion teams are mobilized in most of our organization's 55 countries of intervention to help limit the spread and to fight COVID-19.
Our logistics team has made two storage areas available for national and international humanitarian organizations, along with a fleet of trucks to move hygiene kits, food, and medical supplies into position. Read more about our work supporting Rohingya refugees during this challenging time.
We're extremely concerned about refugees living in overcrowded camps. Jean-Loup Gouot, our program director in Bangladesh, explains the risks faced by the most vulnerable, including people with disabilities.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
In the DRC, our teams are extremely concerned about the lack of health structure in the country and the challenges that come with protecting individuals living in a dense area. In this video, François Madieye-Yaba Fall, Humanity & Inclusion's Director in Democratic Republic of the Congo, explains the impact of COVID-19 on people in the DRC, especially in Kinshasa, the capital.
Humanity & Inclusion's teams continue to monitor beneficiaries via phone and video, and provide core, stay healthy messages. We are also distributing hygiene kits to people with disabilities and providing psychosocial support to those who need it most. In this video, Lucile Papon, Humanity & Inclusion's Head of Programs in the Middle East, explains the situation in Amman, Jordan and the impact the virus is having on our operations.
Our team is taking special measures in Madagascar in response to the health emergency. As part of two projects organized with CARE International and funded by the European Union, local relief teams are being trained to convey core prevention messages on the disease and to limit its spread. The teams are staffed by volunteers, including people with disabilities. Read more about our response in Madagascar.
In Nepal, where confinement is in force, Humanity & Inclusion is working on making prevention messages accessible for people with disabilities, and planning on offering hygiene kits. We will also work on answering questions about food shortages since supply chains are sometimes broken—making it even more difficult for the most vulnerable.
COVID-19 makes the situation even more difficult for people with disabilities. One example is shared by Angelina Robinson, Humanity & Inclusion's Director in Pakistan. In this video, she tells the story of an HI beneficiary who could not take her sick child to the hospital due to her disability and the ongoing pandemic.
In Rwanda, the tension linked to the epidemic have added to the emotional commemorations (April 7) of the 1994 genocide. Humanity & Inclusion, whose continuing activities concern refugee camps, is planning to intervene on inclusive education and psychosocial support.
In Somalia, where oral culture dominates, Humanity & Inclusion's team is leaning on our database of several thousand beneficiaries to send prevention messages and offer psychosocial support.
In Togo, our teams produce soap and bleach to respond to hygiene issues related to COVID-19. This story goes into more detail.
We will have more updates in the days and weeks ahead. Until then, please support our work so we can continue adapting projects and supporting those who need it most.