“Hi Pink Connect,
At this time of great uncertainty, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know we are thinking of you. We hope and pray for your safety at this time. The scale and spread of coronavirus is worrying for us all and as you have stood with us to protect the world’s most vulnerable children, we wanted to update you on the actions World Vision are taking in the face of this pandemic.
While children are not currently considered the most vulnerable to this virus, they are very vulnerable to the secondary effects that it creates, including the extra strain put on health facilities that are already poorly equipped, fear, stigma, loss of social interaction and missed education. Sadly, children whose caregivers get sick or die will be at higher risk of malnutrition, diseases, death, abuse and exploitation.
From our experience fighting diseases such as Ebola and Zika, we know these circumstances have the potential to force children into desperate situations. In some of the toughest places in the world, such as refugee camps and in areas with poor healthcare, we will stand with the children and communities to do everything we can to protect them.
World Vision is active on the ground working with local health authorities, schools and local partners to prevent further spread of the virus. We’re providing advice and educational materials to help communities keep safe, helping to set up public handwashing stations and distributing soap, sanitiser, and masks where appropriate.
Our work will continue to strengthen over the duration of this pandemic, as we learn more on the needs of at risk children during these uncertain times.
Over the coming weeks, we will keep you updated on how this pandemic is affecting the lives of the children and communities we serve.
Thank you as always for your support,