The Tsunami Victims Fund of Covid-19
Dzaleka Refugee Camp is under threat of coronavirus due to congestion. According to UNHCR, currently the Camp has reached its absorption capacity with the Camp hosting over 28,000 refugees and asylum seekers, representing a 420 per cent increase from the original 15,000 people it was initially built for.
On the other hand, poverty, hunger and gender discrimination are other aggravated situations which make the women and girls within the Camp most vulnerable to infectious diseases. The unequal share of domestic duties which fall on women and girls is being exacerbated by this global pandemic.
In Dzaleka, traditional gender norms require women to be responsible for family health. As primary caretakers, women are most vulnerable to contracting disease when it spreads.