Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
On 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency Committee declared the illness known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and on 11 March declared it a pandemic.
For the latest information regarding the spread of the pandemic and the relevant public health advice please see here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Up to date information on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mobility can be found here: https://migration.iom.int/
It is natural that when disaster strikes many of us want to drop everything and do everything we can to help. However, the humanitarian responders have specific needs in terms of skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise. Below are some specific opportunities to support the work on the ground based on the needs of the humanitarian actors responding to the emergency.
Support to the Response Efforts on the Ground
Not all of us have the opportunity to drop everything and leave our day to day lives to support response efforts in person but we can still help our communities affected by the pandemic by supporting first responders working to save lives and safeguard health. IOM is on the ground, providing critical assistance, but more support is needed.
To support IOM's response globally you donate below:
Or you can support the following specific fund raising campaigns:
URGENT APPEAL FOR COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA
With the spread of COVID-19, thousands of Zimbabweans in South Africa are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Limited access to healthcare, reduced mobility and loss of income and livelihoods makes them even more vulnerable to the virus.