The German Red Cross says it will distribute more than 19,000 hygiene packages for refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The aid organization said Tuesday that starting this week it would hand out packages including a two-month supply of toothpaste, soap, laundry detergent, baby-care products and diapers.

The head of the German Red Cross Rudolf Seiters called the situation on Lesbos desolate and said many of the migrants who come to Lesbos on boats crossing the Mediterranean are weakened, have to sleep on the floor and have no access to medical care.

Seiters said that the hygiene products are essential to prevent the spread of diseases among the refugees. The Red Cross said the German Foreign Office is contributing to the cost of the project.