Since January 2020, a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rapidly spreading and has been classified by the WHO as a Pandemic. It was first detected in Wuhan (China) in late December 2019, and is associated with symptoms including fever, coughing and respiratory issues leading to mortality, especially in older people and those with a weakened immune system.
Humanity First has a number of initiatives in place including mobilising volunteers to help the vulnerable isolated at home and the homeless, hand washing points at bus stops, guidance posters and videos on symptoms and staying safe. We are also producing our own hand sanitising gel for small scale free distribution
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The scale of the Humanity First response to Covid-19 across 66 countries, 555 000 people have been assisted with PPE, food, water and awareness on how to stay safe.
In Nigeria, the local HF team were out distributing food rations in Kano.
Despite restrictions easing around Covid-19, the HF teams across Europe have been supporting people who are most vulnerable and those houseless with food and PPE. Teams are active in France, Belgium, UK, Norway, Sweden, Austria and Croatia.
HF teams have been providing hand sanitizer to Police Officers in Ndejje, Uganda to help them serve safely.
HF has provided a week worth of food supply to 240 people in Guatemala. The ration included beans, rice, pasta, sugar and cooking oil.
With the support of Humanity First Switzerland, our team in Zimbabwe has started to distribute food packs for 550 families outside Harare.