Helping Prevent the Spread of Illness and Disease in Syria

March 29, 2021by CMF_Admin

We are pleased to announce the completion of CMF’s project with GlobalMedic, and the distribution of Family Emergency Kits (FEKs) to families who were affected by displacement and conflict in Northwest Syria.

The FEKs served multiple needs faced by families in crisis.

The main item included in these kits were a water purification solution, in this case an ImerPure household water purification unit. These water purification units provided a family with access to clean and safe water for up to one year.

The kits also included hygiene items, including bars of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, which are all essential to protect families’ health, prevent the spread of illness and disease, and provide a sense of dignity and normalcy for crisis affected families.

The final item included in these FEKs were solar lights. Solar lights provided families with a lightweight rechargeable product that extended access to light when energy sources were unreliable and also provided added security in IDP camps at night where lack of lights were often cited as a major security concern.

We thank all of our donors who contributed towards this campaign, to provide some dignity and improve the safety of over 9,000 internally displaced persons who do not have access to sufficient clean water and hygiene supplies.

The Project

There are 6.2 million people, including 2.5 million children, displaced within Syria, many with no other options but to live in refugee camps.

The risk and impact of COVID-19 at these camps is high as the camps are crowded and medical services are sparse. The impact of the shortages in hygiene supplies for the families in these camps can lead to a catastrophic situation not only for the families in the camps but also for nearby populations given the continuous movement of internally displaced people. We are pleased to announce our partnership with GlobalMedic, whose mandate is to save lives by providing short-term, rapid response in the wake of disasters and crises, both at home and abroad.

Through CMF’s Stop the Gaps Program, our project with GlobalMedic will support the needs of families living in camps in northwest Syria by providing them with Family Emergency Kits (FEKs) which have been developed as a holistic solution to serve multiple needs faced by families in crisis.

To help prevent the spread of illness and disease, the FEKs include hygiene items such as bars of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and oral rehydration sachets. Reusable masks that are vital in preventing the spread of COVID-19 are also included in the FEK kits.

Solar lights will also be provided to the families. Solar lights provide families with a lightweight rechargeable product that extends access to light when energy sources are unreliable. Camps often do not have electricity, making it hard for families to tend to sick members, for children to learn, for families to cook, and it puts camp residents, especially women, in danger.



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