In an effort to respond to the unprecedented global crisis due to the coronavirus, PRISA is to collaborate with the Emergency Committee by launching a campaign in its media to raise funds, to minimize the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that nobody gets left behind.
The NGOs that are part of the Emergency Committee – Action Against Hunger, Doctors of the World, Oxfam Intermón, Plan International and World Vision – were quick to mobilize their teams and launch their emergency response at the very outset of the pandemic with preventive measures to curb contagion, reinforce health systems (by equipping hospitals and protecting healthcare personnel) and to support the most vulnerable families and communities with water and sanitation, health, food security, child protection and family income generation projects. All these programs aim to support the most vulnerable families and communities in our country and around the world in the face of this humanitarian emergency, thereby mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and shielding communities from its worst effects.
The Emergency Committee has enabled different channels to collect funds and ensure a faster and more effective response to meet current needs and to help those affected by the pandemic.
The Emergency Committee was created in 2015 in Spain by six NGOs (Action against Hunger, the UNHCR Spanish Committee, Doctors of the World, Oxfam Intermón, Plan International and World Vision), who decided to come together to channel the solidarity of the public and companies alike at times of major humanitarian emergencies.
Nearly 2 billion people living in developing countries lack access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and 500 million are at risk of falling into poverty due to the pandemic. Alarmingly, worldwide there are 70 million refugees or displaced people, many of them in camps that simply do not have the resources to face the disease. In Spain, the impact of the coronavirus crisis has aggravated the situation of thousands of vulnerable families, increasing the risk of socio-economic exclusion for children and adolescents. Almost a quarter of disadvantaged households do not have access to the Internet and more than 40% do not have a computer – meaning that they currently have no access to online education and cannot avail of social services that can only be requested electronically.
It may interest you