Coronavirus Crisis

Emergency Appeal

Medair is serving people in some of the most vulnerable places in the world. People who have survived war, displacement or natural disasters are now at risk for coronavirus.


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Medair is serving people in some of the most vulnerable places in the world. People who have survived war, displacement or natural disasters are now at risk for coronavirus.

In all of our 12 country programmes we are in need of personal protective equipment for our staff. We are providing hygiene items (soap, hand sanitizer, buckets) for people who have mild symptoms or who are at high risk for COVID-19. In health clinics we are preparing for high numbers of people showing mild and moderate symptoms, and are needing additional monitors, patient beds, and sterilizing equipment among other supplies.


December 31st, 2019

COVID-19 first identified in Wuhan, China

January 24th, 2020

Medair alerts field teams about COVID-19 and begins training health staff and volunteers

February 21st, 2020

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Medair country programme is registered in Lebanon

March 11th, 2020

WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic

March 13th, 2020

Press Release: Medair steps up preparedness and prevention measures

March 16th, 2020

Medair’s Global Support Office in Lausanne begins working from home

March 26th, 2020

Medair works with UNHCR on an isolation room pilot in informal settlements

April 1st, 2020

Medair delivers additional personal protective equipment in Social Development Centres

May 14th, 2020

Coronavirus is detected in Bangladesh refugee camp

May 25th, 2020

Coping with COVID-19 in Lebanon

How is Medair Responding

In the countries where we operate, COVID-19 is adding pressure on health systems already struggling and inadequately equipped to deal with this pandemic. The World Health Organisation predicts that cases will continue to rapidly increase in the coming months. Medair has prepared health facilities, trained staff and is teaching communities about prevention and our response to COVID-19, all while we continue our existing emergency programmes.


Our COVID-19 response is focused on:

Training and equipping of staff

We train our front-line health workers to identify suspected cases, safely isolate and temporarily care for patients until they can be referred for further treatment and potential testing. Heath staff and volunteers receive necessary protective equipment including appropriate masks, gloves and disinfectant.

Supplies and equipment in health centres

Health care facilities are being further equipped to accommodate people showing symptoms of the virus including setting up triage rooms, referrals to isolation centres and the management of patients.

Distribution of essential hygiene supplies

Medair is distributing soap and providing access to clean water, including installing hand-washing stations in high-density refugee camps and informal settlements to improve hygiene.

Prevention and educational activities

Medair is conducting hygiene awareness campaigns among at-risk people. Community health workers and volunteers are providing critical and clear information regarding prevention, and encouraging people showing symptoms to seek care early.

We are very grateful for your support. You can help by:

  • praying for affected communities and Medair on the ground
  • raising awareness with your family, friends and community about the major impact Covid-19 is having in Medair’s countries of operation
  • making a donation; your gift will provide life-saving emergency support in some of the world’s most vulnerable places

Please come alongside us in serving the most vulnerable who are currently threatened by this virus.