Social Network Is One of the Defining Pillars of the Activities of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dr. Meroe Vameghi, Head of the Social Welfare Management Research Center at the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, in a research entitled "Initiatives and Challenges of NGOs in the Covid-19 pandemic in Iran? stated that social network is one of the defining pillars of the activities of NGOs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

She pointed out that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a unique experience for Iranian NGOs, and its broad and special features such as the need for social distancing, widespread closure of jobs and the reduction of people's incomes have differentiated it from other crisis and caused NGOs to simultaneously work hard on several aspects in order to care for the most vulnerable populations against the covid-19 pandemic and its consequences, and to maintain the performance of their organization.

Dr. Vameghi also clarified that lack of readiness to face a major crisis to the scale of this global pandemic (structures, human resources, equipment, and suitable physical spaces), weak infrastructure and inefficient use of social network, paramount reduction of financial resources, and lack of services of organizations are the most important NGOs challenges have been facing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The findings revealed that the NGOs in this study have taken a series of measures to prevent the target population of their centers from becoming infected with covid-19 and to reduce the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic. These actions are the initiatives of NGOs in providing services.

She mentioned that the theme of service initiatives spans across five sectors: "health service, education, livelihood, employment and leisure" and added that these organizations provide services related to the prevention of disease and its consequences too. Over and above, these organizations continue to provide their previous services despite facing challenges which also fall into the following four categories: "Challenges of health services, education, livelihood and employment."

 

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