Providing emergency psychosocial support for health workers; promoting hygiene in high-risk locations; and ensuring vulnerable communities have access to information, resources, and psychosocial support. The need to isolate the infected and those potentially infected can break down the social ties and connections that are particularly necessary in times of crisis, both for logistical preparation and response as well as emotional wellbeing.
Since the beginning of the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in January 2020, the disease has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people, and infected more than 121,000 individuals around the world. The World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, as the epidemic spread to 120 countries. With mass quarantine, cancelled travel, and a disrupted lifestyle across the globe, IsraAID is working to help respond and prevent to this most recent public health challenge.
The need for isolation can adversely affect our emotional wellbeing. Without access to regular services, vulnerable and displaced communities are facing additional difficulties in obtaining the support they need. Refugee camps, IDP camps, and other locations where communities live in densely populated conditions limited hygienic standards, are at high risk for the rapid spread of disease, causing a secondary crisis and exacerbating aid efforts. Service providers are stretched thin in responding.
IsraAID is currently launching the following emergency interventions, and is continuing to monitor developments around the globe. (1) Stress management webinars & psychosocial support for frontline healthcare workers -- in Italy, China, & South Korea (2) Hygiene promotion & public health awareness in South Sudan, Greece, the Bahamas, & Vanuatu (3) Psychosocial support and awareness campaign efforts in Dominica and Greece And more, pending shifting needs on the ground