Over the last few months, the world has seen a pandemic like no other in our lifetime.

As we’ve seen in the UK, COVID-19 is more infectious than seasonal flu and can produce a severe respiratory syndrome in vulnerable groups such as adults over 65 years and those with underlying chronic conditions, resulting in a need for hospitalisation and critical care.

We have been on the ground supporting partners addressing the threat that COVID-19 poses to the thousands of migrants and refugees living in Moria camp, Lesvos. We are now looking at the next stages of our response in camps both on mainland Greece and the Aegean Islands.

Care for those without a home 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been rapidly expanding across Europe. The case numbers and deaths in Greece, thankfully, have been low – but as lockdowns ease the threat posed is severe. The displaced people living in the camps have little or no access to healthcare, and so their is a great need for continuing care.

Care for those that can’t social distance 

One tap in Moria Camp serves 1,300 people, making basic hygiene such as hand washing an impossible task. Diseases related to overcrowding and lack of sanitation are growing.

We have already seen outbreaks in the smaller, less densely populated camps. Increased fear, restriction in movement and poor risk communication are leading to outbreaks of violence. An unchecked outbreak will have unthinkable consequences.

Our doctors and nurses are ready, help get them out the door

We can only provide these life-saving interventions with your help. We’re urgently seeking funding to get our team out the door. You can donate and stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.