A staggering 1 in 6 people living in Lebanon are refugees, having fled war and conflict in other countries such as neighbouring Syria. Although Coronavirus does not discriminate, the response is unequal. Early research confirms that poorer people, who often live in more crowded conditions and have poorer access to healthcare, are more likely to be affected by the virus.

In Lebanon, our Alliance is delivering life-saving support to families in the poorest areas of the country through a combination of information campaigns and disinfection treatments.

Raed Ataya, a frontline worker from Naba’a, told us that the public hospitals – which generally treat the poor – are already over capacity and that the effect on these communities could be devastating without further support. With this in mind, they are delivering information and cleaning services to these communities in need.

We desperately want to continue and expand crucial work like this through our Coronavirus Emergency Response Programme, operating with 40 local organisations in 36 countries worldwide.

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