Support the fight against Coronavirus in Jordan

Nature of the crisis

Coronavirus is a deadly and highly contagious virus that poses the greatest threat to the elderly and individuals with pre-existing conditions. These individuals often require hospitalization, and in many cases that involves being put on ventilators and monitored in ICU wards. In a normal flu season, these facilities and the medical staff operating them do not get overwhelmed. If these facilities and medical staff are overwhelmed, fatalities increase, and the ability to treat less fatal cases decreases. When that happens, the risk of spreading the disease increases as doctors and hospitals are overwhelmed managing the last line of defense- the ICU ward and ventilators. 

 

The Jordanian government has enforced a nation-wide lockdown and placed a curfew on all citizens to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus. While this is a healthcare crisis at its core, the spillover effect on individual households as well as the wider  economy as a result of the lockdown can be equally devastating. The lockdown has put tremendous pressure on the military, the ministry of transport, municipalities, factories, farmers, pharmacies and various other entities and supply chain networks operating to ensure basic needs are delivered to households. 

 

Jordan’s Minister of Health proclaimed that our healthcare system can be overwhelmed once the country reaches roughly 5,000 confirmed cases of the  Coronavirus. This is a health crisis that is so acute that all aspects of life and the economy will be affected as a result. Therefore, the most critical element of managing this crisis and expediting the country’s return to normalcy is entirely dependent on our ability to contain the spread of the virus. The better we are at containing the virus, the less the impact on the healthcare system and hence the economy.

 

Most vulnerable people include:

Healthcare workers

Roughly 10%-20% of fatalities resulting from Coronavirus have been healthcare workers who risk their lives treating infected patients. 

 

It is critical these workers are protected and have the equipment necessary to prevent contagion among staff as well as among other patients. 

 

Their requirements include various personal protective equipment like face masks, gloves, protective goggles, gowns, disposable items, among other supplies critical to managing this crisis. 

 

Support:

  • ICU Protective Suits

  • Medical Goggles

  • Iodine (Alcohol)

  • Patient Gowns

  • Latex Gloves

  • N95 Masks

  • Disposable Face Masks

  • Rubber Gloves 

  • Overalls

  • Oxygen Masks

 

Families dependent on daily income work 

Numerous families in Jordan depend on income on a day to day basis. The lockdown has severely impacted their income and lifestyle, and are in dire need of various food items and basic personal hygiene products such as soaps, disinfectants and other essential products that will guard individuals in the fight against the Covid-19 virus. 

 

Support:

  • Hygienic products

  • Food and household supplies

  • Redeemable coupons at supermarkets

 

Frontline workers

Those with the highest risk of exposure are those who must continue to operate despite the lockdown. These include military and police personnel, gas and food delivery personnel, grocery store workers, among others. 

 

Support:

  • N95 masks

  • Hand sanitizers

  • Hand gloves

  • Disinfecting supplies

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