CORONAVIRUS IN GAZA: TRYING TO AVERT DISASTER
Living conditions in the Gaza Strip contribute to the spread of the virus. At 360 square kilometers (roughly 140 square miles), the area is home to nearly 2 million people — a population density of more than 5,300 people per square kilometer
Coronavirus has reached the Gaza Strip, one of the world’s most densely populated areas. A dozen cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed. The coastal strip on the Mediterranean Sea is home to about 2 million people spread across 365 square kilometers (140 square miles) — roughly 6,000 people per square kilometer.
This pandemic has its impact on all fields such as
Insufficient medical care
While some centers still have medical equipment, health care in the Gaza Strip is at a standstill. Only 63 ventilators and 78 intensive care beds are available for 2 million people
Supply chain is crucial
A total lock down would be fatal for people here.
Housing is also in short supply. This shortage has only contributed to the spread of the virus, with most people in the region living in extremely difficult circumstances.
The youth unemployment rate is higher still. The real number now exceeds 82% as a result of the pandemic, which has so far destroyed more than 160,000 jobs
Covid19 has had a drastic effect on all lives, but has impacted the poor the most. Donations support SAWAED work, including with partners, to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies
Since the announcement of lockdown, Sawaed immediately focused our efforts toward emergency feeding programmes in poor communities to alleviate this hunger.
Our response includes:
- Distributing food parcels.
- Providing hygiene for hospitals and individuals.