Hemam Al- Shabab Volunteer Team Contributes to Combatting COVID-19

Iraqis who have come together to overcome the destruction caused by Daesh are united again to combat the scourge of COVID-19, which has swept the world and now reached Iraq. Today, volunteer teams have joined government efforts to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Hemam Al-Shabab volunteer team were among the groups which launched hygiene campaigns in Al-Anbar to help minimise the spread of the virus. They participated in the disinfection of public facilities, raised awareness about the virus, and distributed relief aid to struggling families.

The volunteer group disinfected streets in Al-Anbar during the last week of March.
One of the volunteers sterilises vital facilities in Al-Anbar during the last week of March as part of a campaign to combat the spread of COVID-19.

According to one of the volunteers, people lack knowledge about the danger posed by COVID-19 and how to protect themselves against the virus. Hemam Al-Shabab focuses on raising people’s awareness about the virus and sharing key messages from the World Health Organization (WHO), including washing their hands, practising physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings. The volunteer group also distributed flyers containing necessary information about the virus, including its symptoms, transmission, and preventive measures. “We must ensure people are familiar with its symptoms, so they seek medical attention at designated facilities if they develop any,” said volunteer Israa Lateef.

Locals interact with Hemam Al-Shabab during the distribution of pamphlets
Distributed leaflet explains the symptoms of COVID-19 as part of an awareness-raising campaign to help minimise the spread of the virus, during the last week of March.

The group’s efforts were not limited to combatting the spread of the virus. The team also worked to distribute relief aid to towns in Al-Anbar to help people cope with the economic burden the pandemic has brought upon struggling families as a result of halted commercial and economic movements.

Some of the food aid distributed by Hemam Al-Shabab on 10 April 2020.

Hemam Al-Shabab has opened its doors to anyone wishing to join the volunteer group in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable communities during these difficult times. Those who wish to volunteer can contact the group via their Facebook page here.

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