COVID-19 Emergency Relief

25 March, 2020 Bangladesh, Canada, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Emergency Response
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As we focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19, our global communities’ response must support and encompass the needs of all populations, including those forced to flee their homes around the world.

Amongst the more than 70 million people forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence and human rights, more than 20 million are refugees, of whom 84 percent are being hosted by low or middle-income nations which have weaker health and water and sanitation systems.

In response, IDRF will be supporting people in need around the world in Bangladesh, Canada, Somalia, Pakistan, Palestine and both displaced Syrians and Syrian refugees in Greece and Turkey. Families will be receiving family hygiene and sanitation kits to enable them to be more prepared and aware of the COVID-19 virus. Family kits will include soap, COVID-19 test, hand sanitizers, female and male hygiene items, toilet and tissue paper, sanitary napkins, and CDC COVID-19 awareness pamphlets (translated into local languages). To also further support families, IDRF will continue to distribute clean water in Syria, Somalia, rural Pakistan and Palestine.

You can support this effort by donating towards a pandemic relief kit,  you can provide a family of 4-5 a pandemic relief kit, which includes:

Hygeine Products

Sanitation Products

Awareness Packets

Are you in need of a Pandemic kit? Do you want to volunteer to help distribution?

We have joined the Canadian Muslim Response Network, a coalition of some of Canada’s leading Muslim civil society organizations and volunteers, to support ALL CANADIANS affected by the COVID-19 Virus.  We will be UNITED in coordinating beneficiaries and volunteers for the delivery of Emergency Relief Kits in the GTA and across Canada.

If you’re interested in volunteering, or are in need of a volunteer kit, please click the image below.

India has implemented a national lockdown of its population of 1.3 billion people to contain the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions have resulted in loss of income for informal and unorganized workers including farmers, laborers, and domestic workers, who make up over 80% of India’s workforce. Their families are struggling to access food and other essential supplies. IDRF is distributing essential food items to support marginalized and impoverished communities in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh

With rising cases of the virus reported in Bangladesh, health authorities are preparing for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country’s largest refugee camp where crowded living conditions, poor hygiene and sanitation, lack of clean water and limited health care infrastructure can drastically increase infection rates. Through the distribution of hygiene kits to Rohingya refugee and Bangladeshi households, IDRF is working to prevent the spread of covid-19. Each hygiene kit contains essential items including soap, hand sanitizer and facial masks.

IDRF will distribute essential kits to those who are in remote regions and who are highly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Many residents of the region Tharparkar in Pakistan don’t have access to hygiene items. There are very few health facilities close by and residents are unable to afford testing or any other health treatment. By distributing kits in Tharparkar, IDRF is maximizing the impact the kit will have. Kits will be distributed to those villages where IDRF is providing clean water in the form of hand pumps, ensuring access to safe water and hygiene materials for the most vulnerable and preventing the outbreak of disease.

In Gaza, UN agencies and public health authorities are urging actors to immediately respond with life-saving assistance to avoid the unfolding of a major humanitarian emergency. Currently, there are no reported cases of the coronavirus in Gaza, however rising cases in the West Bank have resulted in a number of precautionary measures in Gaza including the closure of various border crossings, establishing field hospitals and enforcing self-quarantine and isolation procedures. In such a densely populated region with an already weak healthcare system and a number of other humanitarian emergencies, an outbreak of covid-19 could have devastating ramifications. Through the distribution of hygiene kits containing a number of essential items, IDRF is working to prevent the spread of this virus in Gaza.

In Somalia, the Ministry of Health is working to contain the spread of the virus as the country’s first case of COVID-19 was recently reported. With an estimated 2.6 million internally displaced civilians in addition to hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring countries, Somalia’s population is considered particularly vulnerable and in need of immediate assistance in order to prevent the spread of the virus in Somalia and neighboring countries. Through the distribution of hygiene kits to internally displaced households, IDRF is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In Northwestern Syria, a million people who have fled the civil war are currently situated in muddy camps and abandoned buildings. They are highly vulnerable to the effects of a coronavirus outbreak. Often, over a dozen people live in the same tent, in camps with little to no running water.

“You want us to wash our hands?” asked Fadi Mesaher, the Idlib director for the Maram Foundation for Relief and Development. “Some people can’t wash their kids for a week. They are living outdoors.”

Doctors already believe the virus has entered the camps, as some deaths and illnesses have resembled its hallmarks. However, there has been no international assistance as of yet. A lab at Idlib Central Hospital is ready to test for coronavirus but lacks the test kits. Doctors also are in need of more protective equipment, like masks and gloves – receiving their first shpment only this past Tuesday but the first new shipment from the World Health Organization arrived only Tuesday.

There are no areas for quarantine and doctors estimate that a million people in Idlib Province could contract the virus, that 100,000 to 120,000 could die, and that 10,000 will need the help of ventilators. There are 153 ventilators in the province now.

COVID-19 has already had a significant impact on the lives of many across Yemen. With limited tests, clean water, hygiene items, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), millions of people are at risk. In Response, IDRF is providing COVID-19 tests and PPEs to health care workers providing essential frontline services to those in need.


can provide a family in need with a hygiene and sanitation kit.

Related Causes

Lebanon’s socio-economic situation continues to deteriorate, with the cost of basic needs exponentially rising as a result of the deep economic and financial crisis, exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic.
Ongoing problems such as the cholera and polio outbreak, poor hygiene conditions and lack of necessary equipment have created a massive burden on existing Yemeni health institutions.

The violence in Syria has caused millions to flee their homes. Referring to the statistics of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) more than 6.6 million Syrians have been displaced to date.

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