Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for people at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues including Covid-19, to which people living in sub-standard conditions are particularly vulnerable.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, Irish Jesuits International has worked with partners in countries including Kenya, South Sudan, Lebanon, and Nigeria to mitigate the effects of the virus and also the impact of the restrictions imposed by governments. Communities of refugees and of other low-income vulnerable groups have been provided with essential supplies such as food and sanitary supplies. Refugee women in several regions including Tamil Nadu in India and Kampala in Uganda have been employed to make reusable facemasks, providing their families with income at a time when restrictions have made it impossible to earn a wage.