Information about the current Situation

The number of infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which first appeared in the PR China and causes the novel acute respiratory disease COVID-19, continues to rise. The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the outbreak a pandemic. 

The pandemic has already posed major challenges to the world economy. Some countries are facing a dramatic health crisis with a high impact on the socio-economic environment. Many of them have not experienced a similar crisis since many decades. In order to effectively reduce the number of infections, strict measures have to be imposed for several months. In the next months the challenges for the world community will grow once the wave of infections will reach the most vulnerable population in many developing countries.

The IB is active in more than 50 countries worldwide. We are following the situation in all countries of operation and we try to contribute to the fight against the pandemic. Our priority is to maintain the health of the the people who are working in our subsidiaries and projects, as well as the clients, partners, contractors and donors. We will continue to support our partners in the management of the public crisis and we will focus on the most vulnerable populations in all countries of operation.

To prevent the spread of the virus, strong and ever-increasing drastic restrictions on international air and travel, as well as worldwide entry restrictions, quarantine measures and restrictions on public life are to be expected in many countries. In order to protect our staff, we have introduced mobile office arrangements whereever possible. We are digitally linked with our project managers, experts and partners in order to sustain continuous communication and guidance for the management of our activities. We offer our partners and clients digital solutions to support further implementation of acitivities. More than ever we are committed to our vision of  Strengthening Being Human.

Further information:

- World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines
- John Hopkins University Tracking Map
- Robert Koch Institute Daily Situation Report
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- Hygiene instructions from the German Federal Centre for Health Education (Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Russian, Turkish)