Irish charities back global Covid-19 response

Irish Emergency Alliance international appeal to fund medical care and masks in vulnerable communities

Six of Ireland’s leading international aid charities have come together to launch an appeal in response to the worsening global coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable communities.

An Irish Emergency Alliance has been launched to jointly raise money to go towards food, water and medical care, soap, masks and vital information to prevent the spread of the virus in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, all coping with the impact of widescale conflict, as well as Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon and the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

Dr Mohammad Aowfee Khan, who works at a Christian Aid-supported health post in Camp 13 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where he provides medical care to Rohingya refugees, explained some of the challenges facing doctors.

“We need much more medication and personal protective equipment for the refugees and health workers,” he told Irish Medical Times.

“We don’t have an intensive care centre or any ventilators. We also do not have the oxygen to treat severely ill patients. If a seriously ill patient comes to us, there is almost nothing we can do. If we had even a small amount of this medical equipment in the camp, we could save so many lives,” Dr Khan added.

The Irish Emergency Alliance is seeking donations through or by calling 1 800 939 979 or texting IEA to 50300 to give €4.

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