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Last Update:2020/07/27
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Overcoming the Pandemic as One World

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 the poorer regions are perhaps beyond what one could imagine.

COVID-19 not only brings health risks, but also secondary impacts, such as hunger and unemployment, which are expected to hit vulnerable communities harder than the disease itself. With health systems overwhelmed by the pandemic, up to 30 million children are at risk of disease and death from preventable causes such as measles, malaria and malnutrition. Even though they may not be infected themselves, children would be exposed to different threats due to a lack of care if their caregivers were hospitalised, isolated or died. On the other hand, economic recession has led to mass unemployment, pushing more people into extreme poverty, hunger and financial difficulties. Furthermore, as families are confined at home and worried about their livelihoods, adults often express their negative emotions on their children who may endure verbal and physical violence, and even sexual abuse. In these few months, calls to child and domestic violence hotlines around the world have increased by 20 to 200%. In its recent Aftershocks – A Perfect Storm report, World Vision estimates that in the next two years, as parents struggle to provide for their children, at least four million more girls may be married off and become victims of child marriage.

Find out more about World Vision's COVID-19 response in Africa in this video:

World Vision's Global Response

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.

As of 10 July, our response has reached 43 million people globally and we will continue in these three scopes:

Promoting Preventive Measures

  • Promote preventive hygiene behaviours to over 22 million people
  • Distribute more than 2 million handwashing supplies, over 1.77 million comprehensive hygiene kits and about 118,000 cleaning kits
  • Establish over 73,000 community hand-washing stations and construct or rehabilitate more than 30,000 water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

  • Supporting Health Systems and Workers

  • Train and support about 85,000 community health workers, allowing them to effectively take care of patients at home
  • Provide personal protection equipment for over 200,000 medical personnel and supplies for health facilities, including about 5.32 million masks, more than 3.68 million glove sets and over 331,000 disinfectant kits
  • Help set up 761 isolation spaces for secure quarantine

  • Supporting Affected Children

  • Distribute psycho-social support materials to more than 4.63 million people and offer health education and child protection programming for children, benefiting more than 1.23 million and 1.13 million children respectively
  • Support children to continue their education remotely by providing over 345,000 education materials
  • Provide food security assistance for more than 4.61 million people and reach over 1.55 million people with cash and voucher assistance

  • Apart from being actively involved in limiting the spread of the disease, World Vision is scaling up interventions to respond to the secondary impacts of the pandemic, protecting the health and livelihoods of the 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.

    Please ACT NOW to support the world's most vulnerable. Let's fight the virus as one world. Learn more about our Local Response


    1. Hong Kong
      Please prepare a crossed cheque payable to “World Vision Hong Kong” together with your personal details and mail it to us at World Vision Hong Kong, Freepost No. 69. Please mark “COVID-19 Global Response” on the envelope.

      Macau
      Please prepare a crossed cheque payable to “World Vision of Macau Association” together with your personal details and mail it to us at World Vision of Macau Association, P.O. Box 530, Macau. Please mark “COVID-19 Global Response” on the envelope.

    2. Bank Account (Hong Kong):
      HSBC: 018-377077-003
      Hang Seng Bank: 286-364385-001
      Bank of China: 012-883-2-004242-0

      Bank Account (Macau):
      Bank of China (HKD): 00181611200056596
      Bank of China (MOP):00181601200043467

      You may also use online bank transfer or scan the Faster Payment System (FPS) QR code (image below) with any supporting mobile banking app to donate. If you need a donation receipt, please mail us the bank-in slip or send the screen capture of the confirmation page (recipient: World Vision Hong Kong) to hotline@worldvision.org.hk, together with your name, phone number and postal address.

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    3. Applicable for Hong Kong only.

    4. Remarks: Unused donations from this appeal will be allocated for other World Vision relief work.