Emergency Response for Covid-19 in Ar-Raqqa

The Corona virus pandemic known as COVID-19 is unprecedented in recent history and has spread rapidly infecting millions of people causing the death of hundreds of thousand of people on a global scale. Many members of humanitarian and medical organizations are highly concerned from the infection reaching Syria especially the North east and north west areas which has very limited access to medical facilities and laboratory diagnostic capacities to allow for effective testing and cure of suspected patients. These concerns are raised due to the high population density in the crowded camps and towns in targeted areas which also provide shelter to thousands of Internally Dispersed People (IDPs).


The aforementioned prompted the SRTF to develop : “Emergency Response for Covid-19 in Ar-Raqqa” intervention to support the health service providers in preparation for a possible outbreak of the pandemic in Ar-Raqqa governorate. The intervention will be implemented through an experienced entity who will coordinate with other actors and relevant assistance and donor platforms to compliment the work of others, mitigate any possible overlap with activities funded by other donors and build synergies for the referral processes.


Activities under this intervention will include:

  1. Establishment of two Community-Based Isolation centers in Ar-Raqqa with 50-bed capacity. Each center will include observation areas, isolation and case management areas and recovery areas.
  2. Establishment of hospital-based Isolation and case management based on WHO guidelines including observation areas, medical ward and ICU. In addition to recovery area 10 beds.
  3. Procurement and installment of 20 units of triage and screening tents for seven health facilities, and one Hospital.
  4. Providing a set of training sessions to the staff that cover the different perspectives of COVID-19.
  5. Establishment of a testing unit (PCR Laboratory with all necessary equipment, consumables, staff and training) with enhanced referral and surveillance systems.
  6. Procurement and dispatch of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for one hospital, seven health facilities, plus two community Isolation centers.

At a total budget of EUR 2,024 million, the intervention is expected to benefit 51,276 patients directly and to positively impact the lives of around 1,950,000 beneficiaries indirectly.


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