Raising Covid Awareness in Refugee Camps Continues

Covid-19 continues to be a serious threat, and even more so for those living in refugee camps. Wadi in cooperation with partner Jinda has been working to continue to reduce the spread of Covid-19 by promoting simple safety and prevention measures such as masking, and use of hand-sanitizer gel and providing accurate Covid Vaccine information with the aim of empowering camp residents.

Even simple things such as hand-washing can be unrealistic in a refugee camp. Inconsistent access to water, crowded areas, and Covid-19 misinformation continue to make the situation even more dangerous for an already vulnerable group. Wadi has been active through our ‘Citizens to Citizens‘ campaign. As the situation deteriorates from Dohuk to Halabja and Ranya to Germian all Wadi teams and their partners in the field continue to intensify their efforts to inform people about the basic steps they can take to protect themselves and each other. There is still a lot of misinformation and ‘fake news’ being shared about Coronavirus and the vaccine, and there is a large cultural resistance to practicing basic prevention measures such as social distancing and mask wearing.

The teams have been distributing surgical masks, hand-sanitizer gel and putting up posters in Kurdish and Arabic. The posters explain the advantages of the Covid-19 vaccine, as well as how to register for it if they so chose. This outreach is carried out in the Sharaya camp near Dohuk.