PRESS RELEASE 064
Spanish Cooperation and Development NGOs activate emergency response to COVID-19 crisis in vulnerable countries
30/04/2020

The Humanitarian Action Office and NGO Department of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Spanish acronym: AECID) have activated the emergency agreements of the NGO consortium of Médicos del Mundo and Farmamundi, and of Acción contra el Hambre to offer an emergency response to the crisis caused by COVID-19 for a total sum of 562,000 euros.

The action by the consortium of Médicos del Mundo and Farmamundi will be directed at Palestine, Mozambique, Senegal, Bolivia, Honduras and Haiti, which are still in the phase of the local transmission of the disease or that have weak systems and a vulnerable population without access to health services. This humanitarian action will serve to finance public communication work, and the prevention and control of the infection, and lastly, to provide support for health systems to manage cases and protect those people who are particularly vulnerable.

Furthermore, the emergency agreement with Acción contra el Hambre has been activated to support vulnerable communities in Colombia, Peru and Palestine. In the case of Colombia, humanitarian aid will be provided to people from Venezuela and the host population in the metropolitan area of Cucuta; in Peru, migrant families, Venezuelans and Peruvians will be assisted in Metropolitan Lima; and lastly, food aid will be handed over in Palestine to families in needy situations, as well as protective material to five healthcare centres.

AECID has several emergency agreements in force with NGOs that can be activated on an emergency basis to provide an immediate response to vulnerable people in the event of need, such as the current situation in many developing countries as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

“It is necessary to provide international cooperation to tackle the pandemic given the need for a global response to a global crisis”, declared Minister González Laya on a number of occasions. To that end, this ministerial department is in touch with the United Nations system and the European Union, as well as with the authorities of the countries where we cooperate.

 

 

 

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