COVID-19: our humanitarian response to the emergency

 COVID-19 

our intervention in Italy and in the world

 

After the massive spread of the new coronavirus worldwide, INTERSOS immediately activated a global intervention strategy to respond to an unprecendented emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic involved all the countries in which INTERSOS operates, accentuating the needs determined by the already existing humanitarian crises and producing new ones, in particular related to the fragility of the local social and health systems. We therefore started our humanitarian response by activating specific new projects in all our missions and adapting those already ongoing to the new needs to contain the infection.

 

ANTI-COVID-19 INTERVENTION MISSION BY MISSION

 

OUR INTERVENTION ABROAD

 

INTERSOS response to the coronavirus emergency immediately moved in two directions: ensuring the continuity of ongoing humanitarian projects and identifying new specific interventions to support the response to the pandemic. In particular, the new interventions follow two objectives: the control of the pandemic (interventions for prevention and support to local health systems); the response to the secondary effects of the emergency (protection interventions and support to the living conditions of people affected by humanitarian crises). The ongoing interventions in the areas of health, access to water and hygiene (WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and protection have been adapted to the new conditions.

OUR INTERVENTION IN ITALY

 

In Italy, one the most affected countries by the emergency, we immediately activated an extraordinary preventive intervention by strengthening our mobile medical units in areas of social exclusion in Rome, in the Province of Foggia and in Crotone. The progress of the activities and the results achieved by the COVID-19 emergency response project in Italy are collected in a bi-weekly update report.

PREVENTION MEASURES AND SMART WORKING

 

As a humanitarian organization, our first and most immediate goal has been to ensure the safety of the people we assist and of our staff, continuing to guarantee our intervention in Italy and in all missions despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. Safety and prevention measures have been adopted in all our offices and all staff have been equipped with personal protective equipment. Furthermore, to avoid and prevent any potentially risky behavior, actively contributing to the protection of collective health, the possibility of continuing activities through smart working is guaranteed.

An internal Crisis Management Team (CMT) is operational since the beginning of the emergency with the aim of supporting the coordination of the humanitarian response strategy and INTERSOS interventions in the missions affected by the pandemic.

OUR HUMANITARIAN ACTION DOES NOT STOP. STAY AT OUR SIDE!

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