As at 3rd August 2020, over 18.4 million people had tested positive for the virus, with nearly 700,000 reported deaths. As we enter our 5th month of lock-down, South Africa has the 5th highest number of reported positive cases in the world.
Islamic Relief staff and volunteers on the ground have been providing lifesaving aid to minimise the risk of the disease spreading. As COVID-19 impacts more communities around the world, our teams will be providing essential food packs, hygiene kits and education as well as financial assistance to families impacted by the global pandemic.
Islamic Relief has stepped up its response and pledged R185 million to fighting the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe.
Good hygiene saves lives
Islamic Relief is encouraging all local communities to take extra care during this period and follow their governments’ official medical advice.
- Washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap
- Wearing a facemask when in public
- Maintaining social distancing
- Covering one’s mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Putting used tissues in the bin and washing hands immediately
- Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.
“And whoever saves one life it would be as if he saved all of mankind”
There are millions of vulnerable people around the world who face economic barriers to healthcare or live in areas with inadequate medical facilities. The risk of serious illness or death from disease is even higher for them.
As COVID-19 impacts more communities around the world, Islamic Relief is providing essential food packs, hygiene kits and financial assistance to families impacted by the global pandemic. Islamic Relief has stepped up its response and pledged R185 million to help communities during the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe.
Visit our blog post here to find out how you can practise safe hygiene here
COVID-19 – THE PANDEMIC THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD
In South Africa
Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said,
“Gabriel did not stop advising me to treat neighbours well until I thought he would make them my heirs.”(Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī)
In South Africa, Islamic Relief has spent R11 million following the nationwide lockdown which restricted public movement in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. South Africa currently faces socio-economic challenges and the South African ‘working-poor’ will likely fall into the depths of poverty amid the national lockdown.
“As a member of one of the world’s leading emergency response organisations, we are at our very best during times of crisis. I was reminded of that over the past weeks, when I witnessed our staff and volunteers working through the lockdown period, to distribute food packs and sanitary kits to vulnerable families across the country.”- Yusuf Mohamed, CEO of Islamic Relief South Africa
The national lockdown has severely affected South African communities and vulnerable populations, such as low income earners in informal and piece-work employment, have been most affected by income loss. As the pandemic continues, the loss income is likely to result in reduced ability to access healthcare and a nutritious diet which will negatively impact on people’s health. This has led to Islamic Relief intensifying the distribution of essential food hampers around South Africa.
Alongside independent interventions, Islamic Relief South Africa is part of a multi-disciplinary COVID task team made up of non-profit organisations, civil society groups and Ulema bodies to assist the vulnerable communities across the country. Islamic Relief South Africa is working closely with the Department of Social Welfare in all regions in order to access the people in great need of assistance.
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In Gaza, Syria & Yemen
“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.”(Al-Tirmidhi)
In conflict and crisis-ridden countries, the threat of coronavirus is amplified due to the lack of service and access to basic necessities such as food, water and medicine. Millions of people are vulnerable people due to economic barriers and the risk of serious illness or death from disease is even higher for them.
Islamic Relief is continuing to provide support to vulnerable people all over the world and are committed to limit the impact of the global pandemic through our health and hygiene programmes as well as provide fiscal support to those affected by the national lockdowns.
Help us assist the vulnerable during the pandemic by donating towards our Coronavirus Appeal.
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