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Concern's response to COVID-19

Our teams are on the ground helping the world's most vulnerable communities

Concern's response to COVID-19
Our teams are on the ground helping the world's most vulnerable communities

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge for countries all over the world - but Concern remains committed to our humanitarian mission.

As the outbreak continues to spread, our teams have already mobilised in response to this global threat and are well-equipped to support those who are most vulnerable.

Given the impact of the disease on countries with strong health systems, COVID-19 poses an even larger threat to densely populated countries who are already struggling with the impact of conflict, climate and malnutrition.

Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley
“COVID-19 is a global humanitarian challenge, which needs an urgent global response. The world’s extreme poor cannot be left to address this crisis on their own. The international community needs to rally behind them to contain the virus, as the faster the virus is stopped, the quicker and stronger the global recovery will be."
Dominic MacSorley - Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide

Our focus will be on maintaining our current lifesaving programmes, where possible, as well as playing our part in raising awareness of the tools that can be used to fight the spread of the infection. We are already involved in the distribution of hygiene kits in Iraq, building water points and engaging youth groups in soap production in Haiti, and working with the Ministry of Health in Bangladesh to increase COVID-19 preparedness.

Our response by region

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Horn of Africa

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In Somalia, we’re looking at adapting our health and nutrition infrastructures, promoting handwashing and hygiene and training our staff on both early detection and prevention pathways. We will also begin cash transfers in April.

In Ethiopia, we have reviewed and adjusted all activities to avoid large gatherings, while also maintaining important food distribution and services to our outpatient therapeutic programmes. We are working to distribute soap and protective equipment for health staff, as well as setting up hand-washing stations. Finally, we are looking at measures that include emergency unrestricted cash assistance and phone counselling.

In South Sudan the importance of social distancing is being emphasised throughout our programme areas and amongst our staff. Our programmes are ensuring that the number of people attending clinics / training / food distributions at any one time are kept to a minimum and our teams use every opportunity to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. We are concentrating on ensuring that hand-washing facilities are available in key locations together with soap and posters to ensure people fully understand the importance of handwashing at key moments. We work with government health workers to ensure they are trained in key messages on COVID-19 prevention and in rapid response to alerts of COVID-19 in rural locations. 

In Kenya, we are working to provide cash assistance to urban households to cushion them against the economic impact of a COVID-19 shutdown, while we have proposed to work with a number of other agencies to promote awareness of social distancing and preparedness for an emergency situation. We are also working with the government and providing technical support through working groups and coordination meetings.

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Francophone Africa

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West, East and Central Africa

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Asia

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Middle East

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Haiti

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COVID-19 Advocacy

COVID-19 has arrived at a time of unprecedented global need, with a record 168 million people already requiring humanitarian assistance at the beginning of this year. While governments are dealing with the overwhelming impact of COVID-19 in their own countries, they must also collaborate on a global level like never before.

As the world is learning and adapting to COVID19, Concern outlines key policy recommendations to governments, donors and policymakers to protect the most vulnerable people from the impact of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Webinar Series

The COVID-19 outbreak represents a gamechanger for humanitarian action, arriving at a time of unprecedented global need.

In a series of webinars, we're joined by leading policymakers, academics and humanitarian practitioners to examine the impact of COVID-19 on fragile states from three angles - hunger, poverty and conflict.

The final webinar in the three-part series will take place next week and you can sign up here.

COVID-19: Hunger

COVID-19: Reaching The Furthest Behind

COVID-19: Conflict

South Sudanese Refugee Appeal

  • Life-Saving Food Kits needed

  • Over 300,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, 66% are children

  • Acute Malnutrition rate at 10.4% among South Sudanese refugee children under the age of 5.

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