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The campaign's initial operations will focus on supporting healthcare capacities in refugee sites in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Bangladesh and Kenya.

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Published: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 3:07 PM

This Ramadan, your Zakat and charitable donations can help boost healthcare and protect refugees from the impact of Covid-19 - through the latest humanitarian campaign launched by Sharjah's The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF).
Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of TBHF and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, on Monday announced the launch of the Covid-19 response campaign called 'Support Knows No Safe Distance'.
"Time is of the essence, and a lot can be done in the context of prevention and blocking the path of the virus' spread through rapid and effective response, especially in crowded and ill-equipped refugee settlements," Sheikha Jawaher said, as she made a global call for concerted action to protect vulnerable groups.
The campaign's initial operations will focus on supporting healthcare capacities in refugee and internally displaced people sites in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Bangladesh and Kenya. It will also monitor the latest developments in the health situation across various refugee sites around the world.

Locally, TBHF will provide food supplies to workers and families in the UAE who have been affected by the spread of Covid-19.
With the 'Support Knows No Safe Distance' campaign, the foundation will initiate steps to equip healthcare providers across Palestine with essential supplies required to ease the strain on fragile local healthcare services.
At the Zaatari camp in Jordan, general practitioners, nurses, referral officers, and internists at all clinics will receive supplies and medical equipment to increase the camp's Covid-19 response capacity and protect its 75,000 residents.
The vast Kutupalong-Balukhali camp, home to some 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, is another beneficiary of the campaign. It will help support the site's health workers who have been assisting tens of thousands of refugees.
"The fight against this pandemic is every individual's and institution's responsibility. Each of us can contribute to saving thousands of people from succumbing to this disease and protect many more who are at risk," Sheikha Jawaher said.
"The efforts being made by our doctors, researchers, first responders and volunteers are invaluable. We must make the maximum contributions within our means to support the selfless efforts of our heroes on the front lines."
Those who wish to contribute to the campaign with their Zakat or donations may click on a link on TBHF's website, The page contains details of the various donation channels including SMS and bank transfers.
TBHF has not set a minimum or maximum limit to the donation value with the aim of providing everyone an opportunity to contribute as per their capability.

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