In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ROMACTED has remained active in its partner municipalities in Kosovo following the first interventions from March 2020 onwards. Assisting communities with food and hygiene items was still challenging during confinement in April and May. The priority of the programme was therefore to approach the most vulnerable community members, namely single mothers, individuals with limited mobility, and vulnerable families with a high number of children.
The mapping of vulnerable families and provision of support by other organisations (national and international) continued during the course of April and May. In line with this, synergies were developed with Roma Versitas Kosovo in order to amplify the efforts to provide assistance in two partner municipalities, namely Ferizaj/Urosevac and Obiliq/Obilic.
As an important cross-cutting issue during the pandemic, women’s needs were taken into consideration. As a result, 35 single mothers were assisted in Mitrovica/South Mitrovica with food and hygiene essentials. The issue of limited medical supplies was also taken into account at this time and, as a pilot action, eight families with chronic illnesses were subsequently provided with the necessary medicines in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje.
In summary, from March to May, 251 families comprising around 1255 individuals were provided with food and hygiene packages. Furthermore, 2300 masks and 2300 pairs of gloves were distributed within the community.
Thanks to the support provided by a plethora of actors at local and central level, as well as national and international organisations, Roma communities were able to get through the pandemic and confinement measures.
ROMACTED will continue to observe the situation in its partner municipalities and build partnerships in order to extend its support to the Roma communities.
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* All references to Kosovo*, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.