Charities across the world are responding domestically and internationally to tangibly address critical humanitarian needs – and you can help today by contributing to your community, volunteer, donate and support those in need…below is a list of some major charities and their recent actions:
- Action Against Hunger: Launching a COVID-19 fund for east Africa.
- ALIMA USA, The Alliance for International Medical Action: Coordinating with the Ministries of Health in current countries of operation to strengthen capacity; working on prevention and treatment measures; supporting triage, patient flow, infection prevention and control measures, and case management of patients in Senegal.
- Americares: Delivered 6 tons of protective supplies around the world, including 13 shipments to partner clinics serving low-income and uninsured patients in the U.S.; conducting interventions and enhancements in free clinics domestically and around the globe; building capacity for health workers; training at-risk facilities in infection prevention control; addressing mental health and psychosocial support services; preparing to mobilize medical personnel for overwhelmed health facilities.
- Amref Health Africa: Launching a two-month campaign to train and educate health workers.
- Anera: Assessing needs and prepositioning hospitals with supplies like masks, gloves and more in Gaza, shifting education programs to fully virtual setting in Lebanon.
- CARE: Setting up isolation spaces in refugee camps for safe quarantine; preparing supply kits to distribute to people who show symptoms; prepositioning emergency supplies, including tents to expand isolation wards if needed.
- Direct Relief: Delivered via FedEx more than 30,000 pounds of protective gear — including N95 and surgical masks, gloves, coveralls, face shields, and shoe covers — in the U.S., China and around the globe.
- Food For The Poor: Sent 20 pallets of health supplies to Guyana, Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica to help children and families prevent transmission of COVID-19.
- International Medical Corps: Engaging all of its mission countries through its global taskforce of more than 7,000 staff members spanning 30 countries; addressing COVID-19 in conflict zones and in areas already at risk for Ebola.
- MAP International: Airlifted 2 million respirator masks, 280,000 pairs of nitrile gloves and 10,000 protective coveralls to help curtail the spread of the highly contagious virus.
- Matthew 25: Ministries: Working to assist local partner organizations in the U.S. who are serving at-risk populations; distributing desperately-needed supplies to nursing homes, assisted care facilities, and more.
- Mercy Corps: Responding in the U.S. and more than 15 other countries by providing resources for hygienic practices; helping small businesses take precautions for containment and supporting the development of business continuity plans; delivering emergency cash, support and online business mentoring.
- Partners In Health: Initiating safe testing, triage, and isolation to protect patients, communities and staff in resource-poor, vulnerable countries around the world; providing dignified, high-quality care for patients; leveraging a network of skilled health workers to conduct contact tracing; supporting government response in each care delivery site.
- PATH: Supporting surveillance measures by utilizing existing systems developed for Ebola and malaria; providing technical assistance to help emergency operations centers; developing data visualization dashboards and mapping tools that enable targeted response; partnering with the CDC to develop online COVID-19 case investigation.
- Project HOPE: Delivering lifesaving equipment to hospitals in the coronavirus outbreak’s epicenter in Wuhan, China; gearing up to respond and protect health workers in at-risk countries; partnering with Brown University in Macedonia and Kosovo to develop and implement training for front line health workers to prevent and treat COVID-19 infections; working on plans to support undersupplied clinics in Colombia that need to screen and treat children and families arriving from Venezuela; working with health ministries to prepare and mobilize to save lives in places with fragile health care systems like Puerto Rico, Indonesia, and Ethiopia.
- Save the Children: Delivered 36,000 face masks for health workers in Wuhan; training health teams in the U.S. and worldwide how to protect themselves and prevent further spread of the disease; supplying protective equipment and other supplies to front line health staff; protecting children and families that may be separated due to quarantine.
- UNICEF USA: Delivered a 6 metric ton shipment of respiratory masks and protective suits for health workers in Shanghai, China; leading globally on preventative actions with risk communication; delivering hygiene and medical kits to schools and health clinics around the world; monitoring the impact of the outbreak to support continuity of care, education and social services.
- WaterAid: Promoting handwashing; publicizing lack of clean water for 785 million or sanitation for 2.3 billion around the world.
- World Vision: Responding on the ground since the beginning of the outbreak; reaching at-risk communities with supplies in the U.S. and abroad; providing health training and supplies like face masks for health workers, and thermometers, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes for children and families.
We encourage you to help support response efforts for this emergency by learning more about the Coronavirus Outbreak and how you can get involved locally and on a greater scale.
We don’t have all of the answers surrounding COVID-19, nor can we see into the future. But with your help, and thanks to the incredible support of our community volunteers, we can work to prevent a worst-case scenario, mitigate consequences of a devastated market and alleviate the upheaval felt by all around the world.