Sterilization Operations to Stop and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

As part of the rapid humanitarian response to stop and prevent the spread of the novel Corona virus (COVID-19), St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) launched through a specialized team sterilization operation in many areas in Damascus and Rural Damascus including Al-Tijara, Al-Ghassani, Al-Qassaa, and Bab Touma neighborhoods in Damascus And many of the cities and towns of Eastern Ghouta like Harasta, Maliha, Shebaa, Ain Tarma, Haza, Jisreen, Hammouriah, and Yalda. The sterilization operations targeted commercial stores, public and private transportation, parks, ATM, drinking water tanks, schools, churches and buildings entrances.

Hygiene Kits Distribution / Homs – Tartous /

Under the ongoing health response, and with the aim of supporting the local community in light of the current hard conditions, St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) distributed 800 Hygiene kits in Homs (Bab Sba’a, Al Hamadieh, Al Arman, and Al Sabeel) and Tartous with a total of 3,500 beneficiaries in cooperation with the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).

The distributions included 24 health awareness sessions for 800 beneficiaries on methods of COVID-19 prevention, sterilization, and public and personal hygiene, in addition to distributing educational publications.




Hygiene Kits Distribution / Damascus Rural /

Within the plan to prevent the spread of the novel Corona virus, St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) completed for the fifth consecutive day the distribution of personal hygiene kits for / 3,050 / beneficiaries in the First Step Center in Erbin, East Ghouta. The distribution was conducted with consideration and strict adherence to the health and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Hygiene Kits Distribution / Damascus Rural – Daraa /

Within the continuous response to emergencies and the keen efforts to raise awareness on health issues, St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) distributed 2,000 hygiene kits in Jaramana, Rural Damascus and Dara’a. The distribution included hygiene promotion on the importance of maintaining personal hygiene and ways of acquiring drinkable water, along with providing awareness brochures. This activity was implemented in line with adopted COVID-19-related health measures of social distancing, wearing facemasks and using hand sanitizers.


Hygiene Kits Distribution for school students

As a continuation of its projects in Eastern Ghouta and in response to health needs due to the Corona virus crisis that the world is going through, the work sectors of the St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee are completing their work by in the areas of Al-Otaiba, Al-AHadaf, Shabaa, Al-Qasimia and Obadah in rural Damascus , in total 3000 hygiene kits, in addition to educational awareness brochures on the Corona virus and how to prevent it, addition to mind development games ” puzzle “, the distribution mechanism was carried out within the preventive safety measures of masks, sterilizers and Physical distancing
between the beneficiaries.

CASH Assistance

Within its participation in the national campaign for emergency humanitarian response due to COVID-19 pandemic, and based on its national and social responsibility in providing the necessary assistance to the community, St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) provided 400 families with cash assistance in Damascus and Rural Damascus. The distribution of the cash assistance was conducted according to the health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including regular sterilization of distribution site, social distancing, wearing facemasks, and hand sanitizers.