Middle East Response
A global pandemic deserves a global response.
Amongst the worry and panic of the pandemic, the situation has escalated in Syria.
At least 40 civilians, including 11 children, have been killed after a bomb landed on an oil tanker in the Afrin city centre. At least 47 people were also wounded in the attack.
This Ramadan, Penny Appeal are on the ground in Syria and Gaza, providing essential Food Packs, Hygiene Kits and Coronavirus Testing Kits to those affected by this deadly virus.
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See our response in Syria
COVID-19 in Syria
As the coronavirus spreads across the Middle East, there is growing concern that Syria is likely to face a major outbreak – which would be catastrophic in a country already ravaged by nine years of war.
According to the World Health Organisation, only half of Syrian hospitals are functional, and there’s a huge lack of doctors, medical equipment and medication in the country.
We’ve already distributed nearly 2,000 Hygiene Kits and Food Packs to displaced Syrians in refugee camps throughout Northern Syria, but much more support is needed to keep these innocent people safe. We're also raising awareness of how people can try to protect themselves, by training community leaders to run workshops to help prevent the spread of the virus.
With the help of our partners in Syria, the International Blue Crescent, we will be providing eight hospitals and nine public health centres with Coronavirus Test Kits and Protective Kits, and facemasks for potentially infected Syrians.
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COVID-19 in Yemen
Yemen faces a triple threat: conflict, famine and COVID-19.
Years of civil war and famine have left Yemen in a particularly vulnerable state, with no way to handle this deadly virus if it continues to spread through the country. Yemen is currently living through the world’s worst famine and millions rely heavily on humanitarian aid to feed their families, but the coronavirus is threatening their already fragile lives.
Healthcare professionals in Yemen are already caring for thousands of patients in need of treatment for malnutrition, cholera, malaria, diphtheria and more. Their healthcare facilities are overcrowded, and they simply don’t have the means to accommodate for the anticipated number of COVID-19 cases. Without support, the coronavirus will spread and infect millions of poor families who are already struggling.
Penny Appeal is working with our partners on the ground to deliver Food Packs, Hygiene Kits and other essentials to the most vulnerable Yemeni people. With your help, we can reach those most in need and help them survive this deadly pandemic.
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Prevent The Virus From Spreading
COVID-19 in Gaza
For decades, the people of Gaza have faced near-constant conflict, blockades and energy shortages. According to the World Bank, 80% of Gazans need financial assistance and a staggering 60% of young people are unemployed.
With Gaza being one of the most densely populated places on this planet, there’s a high risk of coronavirus spreading rapidly through the camps and homes of almost 2 million people. Cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed in Gaza, and there is fear that the Gaza’s limited healthcare facilities will not be able to cope as the virus spreads.
With the help of our incredible partners are on the ground, Medical Aid for Palestinians, we are setting up quarantine areas and a field hospital to help care for those who have been infected. We are also providing PPE, antiseptics, disinfectant and other hygiene essentials to frontline medical staff.
With your help, we can continue to provide essential aid, such as Food Packs, Hygiene Kits and medical aid to those affected by COVID-19.
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COVID-19 in Jordan
With the coronavirus now in Jordan, strict lockdowns and extensive restrictions on movement have been put into place. This has made it increasingly difficult for aid to reach those who are struggling to survive in isolation, especially displaced people within the country.
Jordan is home to the second largest number of refugees in the world, with around 750,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. Without help, COVID-19 will wreak havoc in poor and displaced communities throughout Jordan, infecting those with no means to care for themselves or treat the virus.
Penny Appeal is working with our partner on the ground, Collateral Repair, to distribute cash vouchers to vulnerable people in need. These vouchers will allow families to get the groceries, medicine and other essentials they need to keep themselves safe and well cared for. By distributing vouchers, we are ensuring that struggling families are getting exactly what they need, while stimulating the local economy as well.
Help protect our brothers and sisters today by making a life-saving donation to our Coronavirus Emergency appeal.