A woman receives a parcel of food in Bolicia
COVID-19

Efforts to mitigate pandemic continue

Covid-19 has taken aim at more that 40 million people (as of Oct. 19) worldwide, leaving a wake of illness, hunger, and poverty in its wake. Humanity & Inclusion teams continue their efforts to stem the tide and support people impacted by the virus.

The Covid-19 epidemic continues to spread at a rapid rate, with more than 10 million people affected in the countries where Humanity & Inclusion works. More than 1.1 million people have died.

Since March, Humanity & Inclusion's teams have implemented more than 160 projects to assist people affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This critical work has happened in places like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Myanmar. These projects focus on healthcare and socio-economic assistance.

"Our teams have been visiting communities to identify the needs of the most vulnerable people, including older and disabled people, and single women with children,” explains Fanny Mraz, Emergency Operations Manager for Humanity & Inclusion. “We provide direct assistance or refer them to other organizations that provide adapted services, such as care for people contaminated by COVID-19. Our work includes distributing hygiene kits, hand sanitizer, and masks, organizing risk information sessions on contamination, hygiene measures, etc. We also provide psychosocial support to health staff and people affected by this epidemic and organize rehabilitation sessions for patients who need them. The crisis has had a dramatic socio-economic impact on people in some countries. Our teams distribute food where necessary and provide financial support so that the most vulnerable families can meet their basic needs for food, access to health care, and the like."

The emergency stage continues. “Due to the still-alarming situation in several countries, such as India, where 6 million people have been contaminated, Colombia, Peru, Bangladesh, Iraq, etc, we have to be vigilant,” Mraz adds. “There have been worrying developments in other countries, including Myanmar and Jordan.

Poverty and food insecurity are horrific consequences of the epidemic. People in 25 countries are set to face devastating levels of hunger in the coming months due to the fallout from the pandemic, according to a joint report by the World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organization, the number of acute food insecure people could almost double from an estimated 149 million pre-Covid-19 to 270 million before the end of 2020.

Humanity & Inclusion's teams are closely monitoring the situation and continuously adapting their activities.