The coronavirus pandemic is spreading to countries already affected by poverty, conflict and natural disasters. There are now hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases in some 175 countries and territories around the world.
The epidemic will have a dramatic impact on people living in countries where health facilities have already been undermined by conflict or extreme poverty. The virus could spread rapidly in countries with overcrowded refugee camps like Kenya, Bangladesh and Lebanon, where the death toll is likely to be very high.
Ninety-four percent of the 55 countries where the organisation works are affected.
It is vital to prevent the unchecked spread of the pandemic in Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Although only a small number of cases have been reported in many of these countries, now is the time for action. This is why our teams are working with beneficiaries where still possible to adapt their response, reduce the spread of the virus and protect people to the best of their abilities.
Wherever possible, Humanity & lnclusion’s teams are making changes to the way they work to slow the spread of the pandemic in the field. They are reviewing their current response and implementing new projects to protect people from the virus and deal with the impact of the crisis, with a focus on people with disabilities, children, women, and isolated and older people.
Number of affected countries where HI works
Number of HI projects in response (partial or complete) to Covid-19
In South Sudan’s Juba County, the Humanity & Inclusion (HI) team has identified more than 5,200 people with disabilities as well as very frail people who need support as the coronavirus makes its presence known. Vulnerable among the vulnerable, most are already displaced from their homes, and face numerous barriers to staying safe from COVID-19.
The entire city of Fafan is under lockdown, and Mohamed fears for his family and is stressed that the pandemic might extend in the region. Humanity & Inclusion is there to support him.
Saima, who has used a wheelchair since childhood, lives with her family in a shantytown in Karachi, Pakistan. The pandemic and lockdown have made their daily lives almost impossible to bear.