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COVID-19 and the refugee crisis - SolidariTee Emergency Fund
The current COVID-19 pandemic is a huge threat and source of disruption globally. However, it is vulnerable communities, including asylum seekers, who will be hit the hardest of all. Europe’s refugee camps are bursting at the seams but woefully under-resourced, and normal preventative measures are incredibly difficult to achieve. Given the unprecedented scale of the current pandemic, we recognise that an urgent healthcare response is imperative in order to save lives.
This is why we launched our COVID-19 Emergency Fund in March - to support NGOs fighting for refugees even as the rest of the world locks down. Applications were open to NGOs working to protect refugees from COVID-19 anywhere in the world and, after careful selection, SolidariTee are proud to announce that we will be contributing a grant of £10,000 to Kitrinos Healthcare to support their COVID-19 response plan.
Kitrinos have been providing medical care to residents in Moria camp on the island of Lesvos for four years and are working to expand their operations to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, including:
Setting up a ‘Nightingale’-style emergency field hospital on Lesvos, to treat patients suffering from COVID-19
Providing public health education to camp residents on the importance of social distancing and handwashing, the mainstay of global guidelines aimed at reducing the number of new infections
Evacuating the most vulnerable individuals from Moria camp
Moria camp, on Lesvos island in Greece, was built to house under 3,000 people, but currently has over 20,000 asylum seekers living there. Residents have to queue for up to eight hours a day for meals, making physical distancing almost impossible; the ability to wash your hands regularly is a rarity when you share a tap with 1,300 other people. In recent months, buildings used by NGOs have also fallen victim to arson attacks, making it both difficult and dangerous for volunteers to help those in need.
Whilst there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Moria camp as of yet, the island of Lesvos itself has already had a positive case and two refugee camps on the mainland, Ritsona and Malakasa, have been quarantined after residents tested positive. Charities on the ground feel that positive cases in the island camps are an inevitability, rather than a possibility, but Kitrinos Healthcare’s two-pronged approach, aimed at reducing widespread coronavirus transmission through public education, as well as treating unwell patients who are suffering from COVID-19, will ensure that the camp is as well-equipped as possible.
Find out more about Kitrinos Healthcare’s work here.
And their Facebook page.
Our other work
At SolidariTee, we will continue to support legal aid as one of the most sustainable, long-term forms of aid that we can offer. Grant applications for the NGOs working in this sphere are currently open, and will close on the 1st May 2020. Unfortunately, we are not presently able to offer further grants in relation to COVID-19.