The Impact of the Pandemic Coronavirus Forces Aid Organizations To Improvize

International aid workers are having a tremendously difficult time doing their jobs due to all the travel bans around the world and other quarantine measures. In the face of the coronavirus, however, they are needed more than ever before.
People in Nairobi's Kibera slum wait in line for flour, beans and milk. The food is distributed by the local aid organization Team Pangaj.

People in Nairobi's Kibera slum wait in line for flour, beans and milk. The food is distributed by the local aid organization Team Pangaj.

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"It's a very real risk that there won't be enough left for the poorest countries in the world."

Gayle Smith

Migrant workers and their families walk along a highway in Bhopal, India, to return to their villages during a government-imposed, nationwide lockdown.

Migrant workers and their families walk along a highway in Bhopal, India, to return to their villages during a government-imposed, nationwide lockdown.

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"How do we protect ourselves and others? We have to leave the rations of free food at the entrances to the villages."

Ransingh Parmar

A woman in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh sews a face mask.

A woman in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh sews a face mask.

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A visit to a school in the rural district of Chongwe in Zambia: Malama Mwila can no longer get this close to the students he works with.

A visit to a school in the rural district of Chongwe in Zambia: Malama Mwila can no longer get this close to the students he works with.

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"We are distributing beans and corn to parents. But that is also a risk, since we can't guarantee that the food actually reaches the children."

Malama Mwila

Dr. Htet Aung Kyi works for Doctors Without Borders in Iraq: "We have to expect the worst."

Dr. Htet Aung Kyi works for Doctors Without Borders in Iraq: "We have to expect the worst."

Nabil Salih
Celina de Sola is trying to find a way for her NGO, Glasswing International, to continue its educational and health projects in a country with strict lockdown measures.

Celina de Sola is trying to find a way for her NGO, Glasswing International, to continue its educational and health projects in a country with strict lockdown measures.

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Members of a health team from Glasswing International educate people about the coronavirus and protective measures -- and try to identify COVID-19 symptoms as early as possible.

Members of a health team from Glasswing International educate people about the coronavirus and protective measures -- and try to identify COVID-19 symptoms as early as possible.

Celina de Sola

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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