Water, sanitation and hygiene, known as WASH in the world of humanitarian relief, has been a priority in Mercy-USA’s work since its beginning. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this outreach more urgent and currently our offices worldwide are ramping up response in an effort to protect the vulnerable populations we serve. This response begins with our own field teams as they practice social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing their work places.
Protecting already health compromised refugees, internally displaced persons and the needy—all for whom everyday sanitation, access to clean water, and the ability to practice social distancing may be virtually impossible—our teams are doing everything they can to mitigate the spread of the disease through numerous measures such as awareness campaigns, hygiene promotion and various efforts determined by need.
Our current response includes the following:
Protecting our field staff and front-line health workers so that they are able to continue to deliver vital relief and healthcare to vulnerable families as well as preventing the spread of the virus
Providing pamphlets and posters translated into the local language that explain how the COVID-19 virus is spread and how families can protect themselves and their neighbors.
Providing hand washing stations at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and at our health facilities in Somalia and Syria
Providing hand washing stations at busy markets in Somalia
Distribution of hygiene items to vulnerable communities in Somalia and Syria
Checking for fever at food distribution points and enforcing physical distance between beneficiaries
Screening tent for COVID-19 symptoms in front of our stationary health clinic in Idlib province, Syria
- Mobile Medical Unit in Wadi Khalid, Lebanon that, in addition to regular primary health services, screens for symptoms of COVID-19
- Providing new medical equipment to the government hospital in Tripoli, Lebanon
- Food basket distributions in Hawthorne, CA and Detroit, MI to needy families impacted by COVID-19
It’s an ALL HANDS ON DECK moment for our supporters. We need your help to keep up with the fight against COVID-19.