UNICEF supports the fight against #COVIDー19 in #Lebanon.
As part of our contribution to control the spread of the virus in overcrowded areas, we work in Al Jalil Palestine refugee camp, Baalbek, with a population of around 700 families.
As part of our contribution to control the spread of the virus in overcrowded areas, we work in Al Jalil Palestine refugee camp, Baalbek, with a population of around 700 families. Six positive cases were identified, out of which five didn’t need hospitalization. UNRWA has established a temporary isolation shelter in one of its schools in the camp for those cases that don’t need hospitalization and relatives who have been in contact. UNICEF has provided assistance to one positive case woman and eight children (out of which three positive cases) in this shelter, as well as to the families living in Al Jalil, through partners of our Palestinian and Youth Development programmes.
UNICEF has provided protection kits to the affected families, personal protection equipment for UNRWA health staff, recreation materials for the children in this shelter, psychosocial support and a caretaker for these children that are alone. UNICEF’s support has included the provision of 750 bleach bottles and 5,000 soap bars through funding from the Government of Canada, for families, and 3,000 masks for non-health workers.
Some of these activities were conducted or led by young people. For example, the clothe masks for non-health workers were produced by 35 youth from a UNICEF-supported sewing course and distributed by 25 youth maintaining physical distancing and safety protocols.
UNICEF partners for this COVID-19 response in Al Jalil, are UNRWA, Save the Children, Nabad, ANERA, Najdeh Association and ARCPA, and Shahd Association.