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Izmee supports Cesvi in its response to the COVID emergency

IZMEE has chosen Cesvi to be its charity partner. The brand is supporting one of the biggest and best-structured humanitarian organisations in Italy by sending them a portion of the profits generated by the sale of each and every one of their steel water bottles.

IZMEE supports CESVI projects in Italy and around the world. These initiatives revolve around three main areas. Firstly, environmental protection and sustainable development with the project in Peruvian Amazonia. Secondly, initiatives that respond to serious humanitarian emergencies such as earthquakes, famines, wars, floods and – in line with the times – the health crisis caused by Covid-19. And finally, projects that protect childhood, through ‘Smile Houses’, where children can seek help and receive hospitality in six countries, including Italy.

Cesvi emergency response projects

When it comes to its emergency responseCesvi provides aid in complex situations – caused either by natural disasters, the actions of humankind or pandemics – in both Italy and around the world. During the worst humanitarian emergencies (earthquakes, floods, epidemics, famine, war), Cesvi works alongside front-line services to start the recovery and development process, focusing entirely on the people in need of help.

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus a “global emergency”. Cesvi has been active from the very start of the pandemic, tackling the coronavirus emergency from a health perspective. Not only did the charity support Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo as an official partner for supplying urgently needed health and medical equipment, it also shared its expertise in humanitarian emergency management.

Staying on Italian soil, Cesvi also helped Campo degli Alpini Hospital and the Health Protection Agency for the Province of Bergamo, as well as providing social assistance at home for vulnerable people over the age of 65 in the cities of Bergamo and Milan.

Cesvi’s aid, however, extends far beyond the Italian borders and into different countries around the world.

In line with the health response in place in Somalia, Cesvi is training health workers to identify cases of Covid-19 and manage them in a way to prevent a potential spread of the pandemic. Moreover, Cesvi is distributing personal protective equipment to front-line workers while raising awareness about the importance of hygiene and prevention, and building handwashing areas in densely populated areas.

In Pakistan, where there are over 4,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, Cesvi is building toilets and water trucks for areas in quarantine, as well as providing health workers with medical supplies and personal protective equipment. They are also planning a communication campaign, to be run in the various local languages, aimed at raising awareness about the risks connected to Covid-19. The campaign will target disadvantaged areas of the country where there is no access to traditional media.

In Palestine, working in synergy with the interventions already in place, Cesvi is working on environmental health to counter the spread of the virus. Specifically, actions involve managing the infectious waste emerging from medical buildings, and areas in quarantine and self-isolation, both in the West Bank and Gaza.

In Brazil, the operators of the Smile House in Rio De Janeiro, located in the Manguinhos favela, have started running a food home delivery service for families that cannot work due to the lockdown.

In Haiti, the Smile House – which cannot currently give classes to children – has started raising awareness about prevention and hygiene. The campaign focuses on families living in Wharf Jérémie, one of the poorest and most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

In Peru, a project has been launched to help the girls of the Smile House in Lima, by distributing food and hygiene kits.

Every IZMEE bottle bought therefore not only significantly contributes to reducing the use of plastic, it also supports Cesvi projects by participating in its social and environmental initiatives.

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