The world is facing an unprecedented global pandemic. As key players race to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Global Emergency Response Coalition – an alliance of the world’s leading emergency response agencies – and its team of over 87,000 staff are working around the clock to help the world’s most vulnerable communities. The very nature of our work is to be prepared and respond to the most critical acute and protracted crises, no matter the location.
Our members are trusted experts – and we’re not starting from scratch. We have the tools and knowledge to respond to COVID-19 because of decades of experience delivering humanitarian aid and relief in similar circumstances. Our technical experts have dealt with epidemics and pandemics like Ebola, SARS, MERS and more in vulnerable communities in every corner of the world. They know how to strengthen health systems, deliver medical supplies, and educate and inform at-risk populations.
Just because COVID-19 is here doesn’t mean other crises around the world have stopped. In fact, the virus will only make existing humanitarian crises worse, from refugee camps to famines to natural disasters and hurricane seasons that are fast approaching.
We’re working quickly to help vulnerable and marginalized communities prepare for potential outbreaks and limit the impact where it’s already hitting. Our members are responding in more than 90 countries, including the United States, to integrate coronavirus preparedness and recovery into existing programs, including:
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How many countries is the Coalition responding to COVID-19 in?
Member response efforts are underway in more than 90 countries.
2. What challenges are humanitarian workers facing as they deal with COVID-19?
Restrictions around humanitarian aid workers traversing borders limit existing programmatic activations and impact our ability to deliver much-needed supplies. Continuing to carry out programming in vulnerable communities depends on a continued flow of financial and physical resources.
3. Are you working with other partners?
Yes – our members are working with local partners on the ground. The Coalition is always seeking to engage and welcome new partners – private and public – to enhance our work.
4. How can I help?
Despite a harrowing situation in the U.S., Americans must not ignore our fellow global citizens who have access to even fewer resources to deal with COVID-19. Your donation will help save lives around the world by spanning multiple expertise areas across our member organizations.
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