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21 February 2020. One Year On.


It is a terrible anniversary, but 21 February sadly marks one year since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Italy, in the Lombardy town of Codogno. Since then, over 2.6m cases have been detected in the country. We remember those we have lost and keep them and their families in our thoughts.

It was a year when EMERGENCY felt the need to be there, because, though we may have been up against a new disease, we had already seen the potential fallout of unequal access to treatment.

Rossella Miccio, president of EMERGENCY

On the frontline in COVID-19 Field Hospitals, providing infection prevention and control advice to other organisations, distributing vital goods to those affected by the socio-economic impact of the pandemic. This is just some of how EMERGENCY has played its part over the past twelve months.

In the face of this bleak reality, EMERGENCY perseveres in Italy and all our projects around the world, because there is still so much to do.

Our Nobody Left Behind project sums up this perseverance as it continues to support the most vulnerable people in Italy.

Despite everything, in the face of numerous obstacles, we will always keep going to make sure that Nobody Is Left Behind.