Asia Coronavirus Response

A global pandemic deserves a global response


Due to widespread poverty, millions of people in countries across Asia are crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Pakistani Prime Minister highlighted the issue, saying: “If we shut down the cities… we save them from corona[virus] at one end, but they will die from hunger on the other side.”

This Ramadan, we’re working hard with local partners to provide life-saving food and hygiene essentials in Pakistan and Bangladesh, reaching extremely vulnerable communities including Rohingya refugees

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COVID-19 in Pakistan


Millions of people face poverty in Pakistan, with 39% of the entire population living below the poverty line. Pakistanis all over the country struggle with hunger as a result, many just barely making enough to feed their children each day. For poor families and daily labourers in Pakistan, the coronavirus pandemic that is now sweeping the nation could have fatal outcomes.

Pakistan now has over 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and in an attempt to control the spread of this deadly virus, the country has gone into lockdownShops, schools, public transport and all other communal gathering spaces have been closed, with military personal being called in to enforce these precautions.

While these restrictions are important for public safety, they are also severely damaging to disabled people, widows, the elderly, poor families across the country and day labourers who live hand to mouth.

These vulnerable people have no means to get food, provide for their families or keep safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak – they need your help.

Penny Appeal is working with our local partners in the Mardan District to distribute food and hygiene kits to at-risk people. We will be distributing essential items such as flour, lentils, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, tea, rice, hand sanitiser, masks, soap, Dettol and towels to these vulnerable households.

Please donate to our Coronavirus Emergency appeal today to help keep our global community safe.


Providing PPE in Pakistan


Penny Appeal will be collaborating with a partner called HELP (Health, Education and Literacy Programme), which was established in 1991, delivering projects that reinforce mother and child friendly communities in Pakistan. PAUK have started working with them in February 2020 on a Maternal and Childs Health project.

HELP is an organisation based in Karachi, they are a medical team and have a wide reach of hospitals and can easily access medical equipment’s and other professionals in the area of health.


The Need

The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time. Starting since late last year, the virus has spread to more than 210 countries including Pakistan. New cases are erupting every day. It is not only a health crisis but it has the potential to create devastating social and economic effects that will have long-lasting effects. In developing countries like Pakistan, with minimum spending on health and the resultant highly vulnerable health system, it has already resulted in an unbearable burden on the available health care. To the extent that the Health care Personnel (HCP) working on the frontline in the fight against the virus is unable to protect themselves because of the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Due to the non-availability of the PPE, the doctors are reluctant to go forward to treat COVID patients, with many going on strike due to the risks. Two of the doctors working in COVID units have expired because of the lack of PPE. Many others have tested positive for the virus and are in isolation. Hence it is important that the requirement of doctors for the PPE should be taken care of so that they are able to attend their duties with confidence and without any hesitation.


Project Details

HELP is in contact with 2 hospitals which we may work with to mobilise this campaign and we hope to expand as funds are raised – Civil Hospital (they have a covid-19 unit) and Jinnah Hospital (they are setting up a covid-19 unit).

The discussed plan is to distribute PPE kits to 2 COVID Units in Civil Hospital and Jinnah Hospital

What we will provide

  • Protection Suits
  • Masks
  • Shoe Covers
  • Face Sheets
  • Safety Goggles
  • Liquid Soaps

Watch Our PPE Response in Pakistan

COVID-19 Rohingya


An important part of our Bangladesh Coronavirus Response is focused on protecting extremely vulnerable Rohingya refugees. Due to over-crowding, poor sanitation and limited medical care facilities, an outbreak of COVID-19 in Rohingya refugee camps is extremely likely, and utterly terrifying.

Social distancing is not possible within the tight confines of these camps and with many Rohingya people suffering from malnourishment or previous health concerns, an outbreak would be deadly.

Penny Appeal is currently monitoring for COVID-19 throughout Rohingya refugees camps and making sure that staff and healthcare officials within the camps are up to date with the latest infection prevention and control methods. Our camp doctors have been trained by the World Health Organisation on COVID-19 and are diligently providing updates and implementing precautious measures at our healthcare facilities.

Our healthcare professionals are conducting daily sessions on personal hygiene for camp residents and instructing them to maintain a safe distance from each other wherever possible. We have also installed hand sanitizer and hand washing stations at all healthcare facilities.

 Food Packs, Hygiene Kits and Coronavirus Testing Kits are being distributed to refugees to help keep susceptible families safe and healthy during this global pandemic.

This is a matter of life and death; please give what you can to keep vulnerable people in Bangladesh - and around the world - safe.



COVID-19 in Bangladesh


Bangladesh is a very densely populated country, with millions of people living in overcrowded slums throughout cities like Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong. These cramped, unsanitary living conditions and overcrowding throughout the country have created the perfect breeding-grounds for viruses like COVID-19 to spread rapidly.

Penny Appeal’s emergency response team is on the ground in Bangladesh distributing Food Packs and Hygiene Kits to vulnerable families affected by this global pandemic. We are also running an awareness campaign to increase people’s understanding of this virus and assure that those who are infected are getting the treatment they need.

Our partner in Bangladesh, the Sajida Foundation, have offered the use of a hospital facility and their healthcare professionals to help the public, which includes a quarantine centre, an isolation facility, and an ICU facility. With their help, we are supplying PPE to medical professionals and providing handwashing stations, soap, thermometers, dry food and baby food to vulnerable people.

With your support, we can help care for thousands of Bangladeshis in Dhaka and Sylhet, and protect people from the spread of COVID-19.