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Coronavirus:
protecting the most vulnerable

Global situation

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.

Impact on HI's missions

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.

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Covid-19 in the world

44

Number of affected countries where HI works

233

Number of HI projects in response (partial or complete) to Covid-19

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 “I 'm happy to be able to stand up.”
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Health Rehabilitation

“I 'm happy to be able to stand up.”

Rashid fled Congo with his family in 2018. He now lives in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where HI has treated his impairment.

“If not me, then who?”
© HI
Emergency Health Rehabilitation

“If not me, then who?”

Rostyk, a physical therapy assistant with HI, is working to improve rehabilitation care in Ukraine.

HI is supporting a mental health hotline in Ukraine
© HI
Emergency Health

HI is supporting a mental health hotline in Ukraine

With rising mental health and psychosocial support needs, the volunteer hotline allows affected populations in Ukraine to access services any time, from anywhere.