Read the latest Oxfam press released on coronavirus
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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.
We are hoping to reach over 17 million people with hygiene kits, access to clean water, soap and food assistance.
Working with 124 partners worldwide, we are aiming to reach over...
17 million people
with advice on staying clean and healthy
with access to food
with hygiene kits to help prevent disease
Photo: Maruf Hasan/Oxfam
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.
The Rohingya Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh is home to approximately 600,000 people. Senior Public Health Promotion Officer Moury is there.
"This refugee camp is really overpopulated so it will be really hard to manage if [the coronavirus] hits this camp.
We are working at the household level ensuring that there [are] handwashing facilities by the doors and near to the [toilet] block. We are providing water, soap and all other basic needs.
We are raising mass awareness with the help of community leaders… we are really working so hard because we know that together we can fight this virus.”
Tsitsi is a resident of Glen View, Zimbabwe.
“Before the coronavirus things were just difficult. The economy is bad for everyone like you know. But people used to rely on vending – doing outside jobs. But it’s now difficult. It’s even more difficult.
It’s very expensive to buy a bar of soap, so whenever you get it, it makes a great change. We…wash our hands when necessary, especially before handling our food."
Oxfam distributed 600 bars of soap and handwashing guidelines to 600 households in Glen View, Zimbabwe in partnership with UNICEF.
"As you can see, it’s now easy for us to do the handwashing and we can also teach our kids.”
Advocacy Officer Modar Altakriti from Oxfam in Iraq is distributing hygiene kits there.
“…we are here in Seniyah District with [the] Oxfam Public Health Promotion team, distributing hygiene kits to vulnerable families in Salahaddin during [the] Covid-19 crisis.
The distribution is taking three days, and it’s happening in a school where people are divided into classrooms to receive their hygiene kits to avoid the risk of infection and to take all the prevention procedures.
We are also providing a gender helpline to avoid violence against women during this crisis.”