Coronavirus – A Deadly New Threat

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AND FAMILIES LIVING THROUGH DISASTER

1. When you lose your home after a or in a conflict, your ability to stay safe and healthy is already compromised.

2. 84% of the 70.7 million people driven from their homes by conflict live in the least developed countries in the world where support is already limited.

3. Coronavirus will impact the hospitals and health care systems in less developed countries far more severely than in developed countries like Australia.

4. Providing emergency shelter and other essential items after disaster not only helps families recover but can also offer a place where families can be together away from others in the midst of a Coronavirus outbreak.

5. The Coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis affecting all of us. Now imagine the nightmare of living in one of the least developed countries and dealing with a disaster or conflict on top of Coronavirus… without the support you need.

 

People in a refugee camp in Syria
Our partners working in already difficult conditions in Syria.

Like you, the team here at ShelterBox are concerned about the impact Coronavirus is having on our lives and the world around us.

We are lucky to be living in a country with robust health services and significant medical resources. Most of us are able to self-isolate in our own homes and care for ourselves and each other.

Yet for people who are homeless because of conflict or other disaster, Coronavirus is a new and deadly threat. Millions of families around the world have had resources stripped from them and have nothing no way of protecting themselves and their children. And they have no access to healthcare.

Syria-corona

 

Coronavirus is shining a spotlight on the fundamental importance of home to our health and wellbeing, and our ability to deal with the serious problems that life can bring. Whilst we are adapting to new routines, working from home or self-isolating, we can all appreciate how important our home is for our physical and mental health.

All of our lives are being affected by Coronavirus in some way, but those living in refugee camps or in makeshift settlements are particularly vulnerable. Imagine being seriously ill, with no roof over your head. There’s little hope of ‘social distancing’ when there are no blankets to keep your children warm. You can’t wash your hands frequently when there is no clean water. You can’t make your children nutritious meals when there is not enough food, nowhere to cook and nothing to cook it in.

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