Solidarity is important now more than ever, as Fiji and the world increases its efforts to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). With millions of people confirmed to have contracted the virus globally and thousands dead, the world is brought to a standstill. Fiji and the Pacific, within its regional context, are at significant risk and already its effects on food security, access to essential services, safety and livelihoods are strongly felt, partcularly for those dependent on the tourism industry as travel restrictions are enforced the world over.
CSOs and NGOs in Fiji have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and working across different sectors to contribute to relief efforts where possible and provide humanitarian support. With the additional crisis caused by TC Harold, there's been urgent mobilisation to support frontline responders and address the needs of the marginalised and vulnerable, whose situation has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
To strengthen this network of solidarity and support, six NGOs and CSOs from across different areas in Fiji have come together to form the Fiji CSO Alliance for COVID-19 Humanitarian Response. At the core of our work, are the rights and dignity of all.
The aim of this Alliance is to build on existing partnerships and allies to coordinate COVID-19 response efforts, information and analysis and provide support to each other in whatever way we can.
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30/07/2020 CSO Alliance launches a new partnership
11/08/2020 The opening ceremony of the new “COVID-19 CSO Alliance Humanitarian Response Centre,” in partnership with TISI Sangam, Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and the CSO Alliance for COVID-19 Humanitarian Response.
The CSO Alliance sends out newsletters of updates of events organised every week by the members. These newsletters are compiled by the Secretariat and distributed amongst CSO networks, friends, supporters and human rights advocates.
8 The Alliance publishes the letter to the PM. Two weeks ago, the Alliance members sent a letter to the Prime Minister's Office to highlight key issues on the ground, the work being done by the Alliance and query on national short term and long term COVID-19 response and recovery plans.
5 This week marked Menstrual Hygiene Day on Thursday, May 28. Members of the Alliance commemorated the day in their individual work as part of campaigns to raise awareness and remove the stigma around menstrual health.