01.11.2021

COVID INTERNATIONAL: ONE YEAR LATER AND OVER ONE MILLION BENEFICIARIES RELIEVED

The Coronavirus pandemic has put the world on alert. Since its outbreak in December 2019, its death toll is approaching five million people worldwide. In places where living conditions are difficult, such as in refugee camps, low-income settlements, or countries weakened by war and natural disasters, Covid-19 has amplified already existing difficulties. However, by working together and thanks to your generosity, we raised more than 14.5 million francs to help over 1.3 million beneficiaries.

Donations raised: CHF 14,500,000

The Coronavirus pandemic has put the world on alert. Since its outbreak in December 2019, its death toll is approaching five million people worldwide. In places where living conditions are difficult, such as in refugee camps, low-income settlements, or countries weakened by war and natural disasters, Covid-19 has amplified already existing difficulties. However, by working together and thanks to your generosity, we raised more than 14.5 million francs to help over 1.3 million beneficiaries.

Covid19 Damages: Not Just a Health Issue

In addition to proliferating significant health damages, the pandemic has caused poverty to drastically increase. In countries where a large proportion of populations are dependent on informal economies: lockdown and the stopping of various social activities have jeopardised the livelihoods of a large number of people.

For the poorest populations, medical care, education and basic food supplies were already hard of access before the crisis: Covid 19 has amplified this reality, and in some cases, it has even fully deprived households of accessing these basic necessities.

To alleviate the effects of the pandemic, Swiss Solidarity focused on prevention, medical care and the distribution of funds to families who had lost their income

A Year of Projects in Figures

The 22nd October marks the anniversary of the Covid International Fund-Raising Campaign. In one year, we have collected over CHF 14.5 million and financed 34 projects in 17 countries for a total of CHF 11.8 million. 16 of these projects are in South Asia, 8 in Latin America, 7 in the Middle East and 3 in Africa. 17 projects aim to provide financial support to individuals and families suffering from income losses due to lockdown measures. 11 projects provide medical care and aim to prevent the spread of the virus. The 6 remaining projects regard education and the protection of women and children from gender-based violence.

A Mobile Clinic in Mexico

Doctors without Borders’ mobile clinic in Chiapas, Mexico, provides people living in villages and isolated neighbourhoods’ medical tests and care as well as working to refer severe cases to hospitals. The nurses at this mobile clinic also provide services and support for mental health problems and gender-based violence. A hotline is available for patients in need of a follow up.

1,000 Families Supported in Pakistan

The Helvetas project in the Swat Valley, a touristic region in Pakistan, has and continues to support over 1,000 families who have lost their income due to the disappearance of tourism. Additionally, the project provides masks, disinfectants, equipment, and Covid-19 preventative advice to 300 guesthouses and health information centres.

Thank you for your support, your donation has made a difference!