It's In Our Hands: United Against Covid
Stopping the Spread in 20 countries and counting
COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in nearly every country in the world. The novel coronavirus has overwhelmed even the world’s best health systems. We wonder: how can such a microscopic virus have such gargantuan might? We remember: our might is stronger still, especially when we act as one.
This is the moment to join together, to keep each other safe, to protect our most vulnerable, and to spread kindness. Soon, these hands, which we use today to build walls for safety, will be used again to embrace each other as we rejoice and rebuild.
Covid-19 emergency response funding is urgently needed. The most pressing needs include: isolation units, medical support, personal protective equipment for front line care givers; soap and handwashing stations, disinfection supplies for medical centers, direct support to local organizations, food aid to those in desperate need, and prevention messaging.
Alight is closely monitoring the situation in refugee settlements and responding accordingly through long-standing relationships with local health ministries and functioning health operations on the ground.
Here's what our teams are doing right now, worldwide:
The Color Movement is a partnership with Catholic Sisters worldwide to fight the spread of Covid-19. So far, we’re working with Sisters in 19 countries on 5 continents. Alight, in close partnership with Sisters Rising, provides direct access to health professionals and trainings, small grants, and virtual community support.
In Our Hands is a health messaging campaign to arm people everywhere with the basic information they need to keep themselves and their families safe. The goal is to reach 100 million people worldwide in a matter of weeks. The messages are translated into more than a dozen languages.
Pakistan –The Alight team has conducted health messaging and hygiene demos in remote Afghan refugees’ villages. They are providing food support to families who can no longer work. And, they are partnering with a university to make and distribute hand sanitizer.
Alight in Rwanda is the Health and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene lead in three refugee camps. The team’s role is to identify, isolate, and coordinate with Government’s three district rapid response teams for safe transport and referral to government run isolation, management and treatment centers.
Somalia – The Alight Somalia team provides health care in 21 different clinics across the country. The team has been rapidly working to train and equip the front-line teams.
South Sudan is one of the only country where there are currently no documented cases of Covid-19. The team is using the time to rapidly teach people – in some of the most hard to reach places on earth - about the disease.
Alight Sudan is responsible for health and water services to 1,500,000 people in south and east Darfur. The team is rapidly expanding hand washing facilities and training and equipping all health teams.
In South-East Asia, Alight runs and guides community-based health programs in five countries. Team are trained to identify and report cases. The teams are testing a new community isolation model.
Alight Uganda is the Protection lead in seven settlements. In partnership with TO Foundation, a community-driven response is being rolled out in Nakivale Settlement. Using Kuja Kuja data, the response focuses on engaging community members to help respond to community needs.
Everywhere. We know that a coordinated effort will save lives.
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Partnering with Catholic Sisters Around the GlobeDid you know there's a network of 700,000 Catholic Sisters around the world, many of them on the frontlines of COVID-19. We're helping them protect the communities they serve and themselves - so they can keep on doing - through Zoom Call emergency planning sessions and virtual trainings. (more…)