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Read the latest Oxfam press released on coronavirus
Our deepest concern is keeping people as safe as possible.
Danny Sriskandarajah, CEO, Oxfam GB
We’re deeply concerned about how coronavirus will affect people living through conflict, disaster and poverty. Oxfam’s humanitarian staff and partners are working hard to help stop the spread. We’re providing vital support like handwashing facilities, clean water, toilets and soap in the most vulnerable communities.
Work like this has helped contain deadly disease outbreaks such as Ebola and cholera – and it will protect people against this virus.
In some areas, we are also providing vital equipment to healthcare facilities and hospitals that urgently need support. And as ever, we’re helping people who are losing income or at greater risk of domestic abuse because of restrictions on movement. Supporting the world's poorest communities is more important than ever right now.
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Ayesha Khatun is a mum living in Cox's Bazar with her two daughters aged 18 and 10. Women like Ayesha, whose husbands are tragically missing or dead, head up one-in-six families in the Rohingya camps.
“We had a house with four bedrooms, electricity, a kettle, and a fan. Now we don’t even have a bed. This tent is only made of tarpaulin and bamboo and it sways whenever there are strong winds.“
In camps in Bangladesh there is a major risk of devastating spread of coronavirus in the cramped, sprawling sites. Local teams and partners are already providing vital clean water and sanitation, as well providing hygiene training and awareness of coronavirus.
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First as a volunteer and now as a member of staff, Julia is part of Oxfam’s humanitarian response team in Mozambique. Having lost her own home in Cyclone Idai, she now manages a team of 25 ‘activistas’ – volunteers from the local community – who go door-to-door promoting good hygiene practice and handing out soap and water purification liquid.
Together they’re helping to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera. In fact, today, cases of cholera have been brought back to the same low level as before the cyclone thanks to public health campaigns like this one.
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Ava was pregnant when she was forced to flee fighting near her home in Democratic Republic of Congo. She now lives in a camp outside the Bunia General Hospital, where her baby was born.
Life in the camp is difficult, but Ava and her family have no choice. Oxfam local teams and partners are there, providing clean water and toilets.
“I always tell my children the war will end and we will go home. The children are suffering from malnutrition. I want my children to be healthy.”
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