The Need: The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 inevitably arrived in NE Syria putting additional stress on the already stretched to the maximum medical facilities. Medical personnel and hospitals were scrambled with little resources to respond to COVID-19, not to mention the additional pressure it put on communities handling both the ongoing war, managing ISIS camps and sleeper cells, while trying to assist the IDPs. Food was already scarce and for many the ability to work and have a regular income to pay the bills was almost impossible. In addition, curfews and restrictions on movement and lockdowns have compounded an already difficult financial situation for most families. Given this, most IDP or host communities do not have the ability to buy hygiene kits and PPE (personal protection equipment) that are the first line of defense against the coronavirus. In addition medicines for primary health care facilities were needed for ongoing healthcare assistance for the population.
The Solution: Shai Fund and local partner joined in collaboration with local authorities to distribute medicines and hygiene kits to families that includes items such as disinfectants, soaps for hand washing and masks as a first line of protection. Medicines were given to local health care and medical facilities.
The project assist all citizens of the region and included both IDP and host communities.
$6000 donation enables a container with around 17000 medicine treatments to be delivered to Syria. With $24 per household we assisted over 600 households with essential hygiene products.