Contribution to IFRC Emergency Covid-19 Appeal - West Balkan/medical equipment
The project aims to curb the spread of COVID-19 through support to medical facilities and assistance to vulnerable populations affected by the outbreak in 5 Western Balkan states (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia).
The IFRC aims to achieve the following key results through their COVID-19 assistance programme in the Europe Region:
• Communities health is strengthened through reinforced Health and Pandemic Preparedness Response Systems, as well as Psychosocial Support Response Programmes amounting to 20,322,794 EUR;
• Home care systems and livelihoods are strengthened, as well as basic needs of the most vulnerable population met through programmes amounting to 8,424,079 EUR;
• Vulnerable groups are identified and supported by strengthening the Protection, Gender and Inclusion approach through programmes amounting to 450,495 EUR;
• Communities are protected through effective Disaster Management procedures amounting to 2,764,614 EUR.
With the Austrian contribution of EUR 1 million, the IFRC will be able to reach the following results benefiting 80,000 people consisting out of most vulnerable people, isolated/quarantined population, the general population and Red Cross staff and volunteers in 5 Western Balkan states (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia):
• 80,000 people in 5 states can be reached with basic hygiene items;
• 80,000 people can be reached with health Interventions (medical, mental, psychosocial support, info telephone helplines);
• Staff and volunteers of 5 Red Cross Societies supported through protective equipment and medical devices;
• 7,500 people in 5 states can be reached with food support.
- Provide medical equipment to Red Cross teams and partner health facilities to increase the number of interventions and to maintain contingency stocks for further emergencies (including ambu resuscitators, stehtoscopes, electronic blood pressure devices, etc);
- Provide personal protective equipment, medical equipment and hygiene items to Red Cross teams and partner health facilities (including protective gowns, face shields etc);
- Distribute food parcels and hygiene kits to vulnerable and quarantined persons and families;
- Support the roll out psychosocial support for patients and their families, medical and other staff involved in tackling the emergency, as well as other vulnerable populations.
Health care services in the European Region are being confronted with increased demand generated by the COVID-19 outbreak, which was declared a public Health emergency of international concern on 30. January 2020 under the WHO International Health Regulations. As of 29 April 2020, a total of 1,408,266 cases and 129,344 deaths were reported in Europe region, with Europe still being one of the epicentres in the world representing 46 per cent of the global cases and 62 per cent of global deaths. Health systems are overwhelmed, morbidity is exacerbated, disability intensifies and both mortality from the outbreak and mortality from vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase. To stop or slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries have introduced strict measures starting from closure of borders through movement restrictions within municipalities to periodic curfews. The National Red Cross Societies in Europe region are supporting their governments with emergency medical services, hotline services to inform people in a timely manner and address key concerns, as well as with psychosocial support, violence prevention and response, and social services for vulnerable people in quarantine or movement-restricted communities.