Over the past few months, COVID-19 has gradually developed into a global pandemic, with its effects almost unbearable for even health systems in the most developed countries. With the virus now having reached six continents, many developing countries, and even war zones and refugee camps, are beginning to report first cases.
To combat this health risk, many countries are asking citizens to wash their hands frequently and reduce social activities, some even announcing citywide lockdowns and home isolation to stop the spread of the virus. However, for many developing countries – where water supply is unstable, medical and hygiene equipment is on low supply and living conditions are basic – to adopt such preventive measures and hygiene management strategies are extra challenging. Things are even worse in refugee camps, where a shortage of resources means that their inhabitants are especially susceptible to be infected. In this pandemic, when even the developed areas are so close to a total collapse, the disastrous outcomes that might befall on the poorer regions are perhaps beyond what one could imagine.
In response to the spread of the pandemic around the world, World Vision is currently responding in over 70 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh (including Rohingya refugees), Brazil (at the border with Venezuela), The Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, The Philippines, Senegal, etc.
Our response will continue in these three scopes and is expected to reach 72 million people globally.
Our global staff is scaling up interventions to limit the spread of this disease. We will make every effort to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on families and communities we serve.
“With extensive experience in responding to disease outbreaks, including polio, Zika and Ebola, we are focusing on preventing transmission, supporting health responses and caring for children made vulnerable by this crisis,” says World Vision International’s Global Director of Humanitarian Operations, Isabel Gomes.
In Mongolia, World Vision staff distributes personal protective items and food to families and children in need.
World Vision provides soap for Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh, and teaches them how to properly wash their hands.
World Vision Philippines donates tents to hospitals to help them cope with the extra demand for beds.
World Vision staff provides personal protective equipment for frontline medical personnel.
In South Sudan, our staff explains to community members how to build up good hygiene practices and encourage them to wash their hands regularly.
World Vision distributes leaflets in communities and teach families how they can contain the spread of the virus with limited resources.
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