In Yemen, more than three million people are fleeing from violence. Many live in overcrowded camps and makeshift tent cities. They are all defenseless in the face of ongoing fighting, hunger, water shortages, and the spread of diseases such as cholera, malaria, watery diarrhea, diphtheria, dengue fever, and now COVID-19.
The mobility of the fleeing population, the lack of testing and medical care facilities, and the shortage of simple things like soap, water, and evacuation space are causing an extremely rapid and not officially registrable spread of COVID-19.
The project of the aid organization CARE focuses on families that are on the run in regions particularly affected by cholera, COVID-19, and other diseases.
Among the measures being taken in this project are:
- Distribution of food and cash aid to bridge gaps, seed packages, and pregnant goats to families with chronically undernourished and malnourished children
- Distribution of hygiene and relief packages with soap, disinfectant, protection material, and water purification tablets to sick persons and particularly needy families
- Construction of hand-washing stations, latrines, and water tanks in underserved refugee camps including the establishment of supporting hygiene and water committees in the population
- Construction and equipping of a COVID-19 treatment center and a coronavirus isolation station; training and equipping of 160 hygiene advisors in the communities
- Repair of drinking water systems and sewers, and organization of waste disposal through community missions to eliminate disease outbreaks