Walking through the narrow alley between tents. Rohingya refugee camp. Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Walking through the narrow alley between tents. Rohingya refugee camp. Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Fighting coronavirus

Oxfam’s humanitarian staff and partners are working hard to help stop the spread of coronavirus. We’re providing vital support like handwashing facilities, clean water, toilets and soap in the most vulnerable communities.

What we are doing

  • We are keeping families safe

    We are providing families with essentials like clean water, soap and information on how to stay safe and healthy.

  • We are supporting frontline workers

    We are giving frontline medical and aid workers the equipment and supplies they need to care for vulnerable and sick people.

  • We are providing food to vulnerable people

    Our teams are helping ensure families hit by this crisis get enough food to prevent malnutrition.

Around the world

We are hoping to reach over 17 million people around the world with hygiene kits, access to clean water, soap and food assistance.

  • In Iraq we are distributing hygiene kits and have also providing a gender helpline to avoid violence against women during the crisis.
  • In Zimbabwe Oxfam has distributed soap and handwashing guidelines to 600 households in Glen View in partnership with UNICEF.
  • In the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh there is a major risk of devastating spread of coronavirus in the cramped, sprawling sites. Local teams and partners are already providing vital clean water and sanitation, as well providing hygiene training and awareness of coronavirus.
  • We are calling for a Global Ceasefire for countries already facing long-lasting crises, such as Yemen, Afghanistan, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

How we are responding in the UK

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Oxfam is supporting families and frontline workers

Your donations mean we can help families with essentials like clean water, soap and food. We are also providing frontline medical and aid workers, like Moury in Bangladesh, with the supplies they need to care for the vulnerable and sick.

Coronavirus: We aim to reach

17million

people with advice on staying clean and healthy.

700k

people with access to food.

900k

people with access to hygiene kits to help prevent disease.

We are raising mass awareness with the help of community leaders… we are really working so hard because we know that together we can fight this virus.”

Moury, Oxfam staff member, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh