Qatar Charity inks pacts with international organizations to fight COVID-19
Qatar Charity (QC), since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, signed various cooperation agreements with several international organizations, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees )UNHCR(, to contribute to the global efforts to limit the spread of the virus in many countries and provide emergency assistance to those affected. This aims at reaching out to the largest number of beneficiaries and improving their living conditions.With UNHCRQatar Charity, in cooperation with UNHCR, began providing emergency assistance to Syrian refugees throughout Lebanon in response to the humanitarian needs resulting from the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, as part of the $1.5 million signed between two parties. This cooperation enables Qatar Charity to provide support in various forms for programs focused on improving the living conditions of refugees during this difficult time.With OCHAUnder the cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Qatar Charity (QC) has started to establish 14 community-based isolation units in northern Syria to benefit 2,800 people of camps at a total cost of US$1.6 million.The initiative came as part of the urgent response to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), aiming at protecting the internally displaced Syrians living in camps from the virus. OCHA contributed to the project a total of $830,000, while Qatar Charity will equip these medical and non-medical units with a value of $770,000.With UNICEFQatar Charity (QC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have signed two grant agreements for a total of $2 million to address the humanitarian needs caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Syria and Jordan.$1 million was allocated to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services for Syrian refugees in Jordan and an additional $1 million to support UNICEF’s efforts to improve COVID-19 preparedness and response in Syria.The two agreements reflect the commitment of Qatar Charity and UNICEF to teamwork and partnerships in the humanitarian sector, which are more important than ever to protect the vulnerable.Awareness EffortsThe cooperation between Qatar Charity and UNICEF also included awareness-raising efforts against the risks of the coronavirus. Qatar Charity, in co-operation with UNICEF, launched a social media awareness campaign for children, their families and members of the society to enhance their protection against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and reduce the spread of the virus.The campaign implemented under a slogan, which literally means "Heroes in the Face of Corona", includes publishing illustrated awareness brochures and pamphlets on Qatar Charity’s website and social media accounts to encourage children and adolescents to adhere to preventive behaviors and precautionary measures.It is noteworthy that the agreements with international organizations are in line with Qatar Charity’s Coronavirus Prevention and Response Plan to support and scale up vulnerable countries’ preparedness and response efforts. In the beginning of March, Qatar Charity urgently scaled up relief efforts across 27 countries where it is supporting local governments’ efforts by mitigating the socio-economic impacts of the measures taken by these countries to curb the spread of the virus.