SEATTLE, Washington — Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. It has responded to the coronavirus pandemic by pooling resources to help vulnerable populations stateside and globally. In countries across the world, Oxfam’s relief efforts include handwashing stations, sanitation, hygiene improvements and launching cash for work programs for women. This, along with several other ongoing efforts, reduces the negative impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations across the world. Here are some of Oxfam’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
Oxfam’s COVID-19 Relief Efforts
- Oxfam in Yemen: Over the past five years, this country faced upheaval after constant conflict. The upheaval left the nation’s healthcare system in ruins, making access to clean water, safe shelter and proper nutrition unattainable. Oxfam is responding by conducting community health training for volunteers to spread the word about important sanitation practices. This organization is also working to help health facilities to acquire more access to water and sanitation. It has brought water to Taiz for more than 126,000 people. Also, Oxfam plans to distribute cash and launch cash for work programs for women in Yemen.
- Oxfam in Myanmar: In this nation, the Oxfam team is working with humanitarian assistance partners in more than 100 displacement camps in Kachin and Rakhine states. Oxfam has provided 40,584 hygiene kits and bars of soap to Rohingya camps. In addition, Oxfam is delivering health education and training in the states where people have been displaced due to long-standing conflicts. It is working with its partner Solidarités International to promote good hygiene practices and raise awareness in local languages. Together, they are building 1,000 additional handwashing stations and distributing “17,000 pieces of soap every month, along with other hygiene items.”
- Oxfam in Syria: “More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives” over the past four and a half years due to armed conflict. Amidst this conflict, Oxfam is distributing family hygiene kits, improving access to water and sanitation and providing cash to the children, women and men in need of humanitarian assistance.
- Iraq: In Iraq, Oxfam is supporting 21 health facilities quickly with water and sanitation resources along with hygiene and personal protective equipment for local hospitals. It is also providing training to healthcare workers. In addition, the organization plans to provide hygiene kits to vulnerable populations.
- Jordan: In Jordan, Oxfam has already carried out “awareness sessions [about]the pandemic and proper handwashing with more than 2,000 children.” Jordan recently eased the strictest lockdowns, including national curfews and business shutdowns, to allow people to enter “offices, places of worship, restaurants and markets and transportation.” In response to the national lockdown, Oxfam created online campaigns through WhatsApp groups with “467 community members and volunteers to promote health and hygiene virtually.”
In addition, Oxfam continues to respond to the global coronavirus pandemic around the world. With the help of humanitarian teams, it is making an effort to slow and stop the spread of the virus through health promotion and addressing sanitation, hunger and displacement. These actions demonstrate that Oxfam’s COVID-19 relief efforts deliver humanitarian aid where needed.
– Danielle Beatty