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Including the vulnerable in the fight against COVID-19

Emergency Inclusion
International

From Burkina Faso to Senegal to Pakistan, the list of countries affected by COVID-19 grows longer by the day. Present in more than 55 countries worldwide, HI is determined to continue assisting its beneficiaries while safeguarding the health of its teams.

Ebola awareness session at the "House of Jesus” in a slum community. The HI team presents information to its executive committee, passes on key messages and provides soap. /

Ebola awareness session at the "House of Jesus” in a slum community. The HI team presents information to its executive committee, passes on key messages and provides soap. / Archive photo (Sierra Leone - 2014) | © Adam Huebner / HI

HI plans to ensure vulnerable individuals are included in health response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 in developing countries

Although Europe is currently at the centre of the pandemic, more and more developing countries are affected, with three-quarters of African countries reporting cases, including Burkina Faso, Senegal and Nigeria. The first deaths have been reported in countries in the Middle East, including Egypt and Iraq, and Asia, such as the Philippines and Vietnam.

In developing countries - where health systems are faltering or have already been weakened by crisis or conflict - the spread of the coronavirus threatens to create cascading health disasters.

 

Older people, people with disabilities, refugees, and others

HI works in more than 55 countries worldwide in aid of people with humanitarian needs. Despite the coronavirus, the organisation remains committed to assisting the most vulnerable individuals, such as people with disabilities, older people, and families displaced by conflict.

Vulnerable people find it hard to access health services. People with disabilities, for example, are often excluded from emergency response and may not have access to prevention messages and care if their country is hit by the epidemic.

Including vulnerable people in COVID-19 response

HI may call on its teams to help prevent and raise awareness of COVID-19 with local partners and in support of local authorities.

The organisation also plans to help relevant authorities and organisations include vulnerable people in health response to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Lastly, HI is working to make awareness and prevention messages - information on the disease, hygiene rules, social distancing, the importance of confinement, etc. - accessible to vulnerable people.

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Our teams are making changes to the way they work in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the field wherever possible. This includes 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.

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COVID-19: Physical therapists help prevent the spread in vulnerable communities

Humanity & Inclusion’s teams are making changes to the way they work and assisting at-risk populations in response to the global spread of COVID-19. This will include providing local people with accessible, stay healthy messages, and offering access to physical therapists via WhatsApp. Our emergency rehabilitation expert Pauline Falipou explains:

HI adapts its operations to help with the Covid-19 pandemic
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HI adapts its operations to help with the Covid-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads to countries already affected by poverty, conflict and natural disasters, HI is adapting its response to the health crisis.