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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Appeal

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In 2020, world headlines have been dominated by the spread of novel coronavirus (nCoV), which causes flu-like and respiratory symptoms and can be transmitted from person to person. Tens of thousands of cases have been recorded in China, leading to hundreds of deaths. The coronavirus has also spread to other countries.

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and on 11 March 2020, it was declared a pandemic.

Today, the virus is still wreaking havoc globally. Many countries, including Malaysia, are now experiencing another wave of COVID-19 that is once again causing disruptions to lives and livelihoods. World Vision’s relief efforts in Malaysia and worldwide are still ongoing, and we are committed to helping all people and communities affected by COVID-19.

 

What are World Vision’s COVID-19 response efforts in Malaysia?

As the threat of COVID-19 blankets Malaysia and causes disruptions to our daily lives, those already living in poverty and at risk of things like malnutrition will be pushed into deeper vulnerability. Many of these people are daily wage earners; not being able to go out and work could plunge them into further crisis, raising tensions at home and putting children at risk of abuse and violence.

Over the last few months, we have taken steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and families. Because of the generous contributions of everyday Malaysians, COVID-19 relief aid has reached more than 30,000 beneficiaries (adults and children) to date. This includes:

  • 42,000 masks distributed
  • 100 litres of hand sanitizer for rural clinics
  • 3,000 families receiving food and personal supplies
  • Nearly 1,000 households in Mukim Tulid and Tatalaan, Sabah involved in our rehabilitation programme

We are continuing our efforts to protect vulnerable children, families, and communities from COVID-19’s impacts. Amidst this state of flux, we will review our plans to ensure that the most affected are not forgotten.

 

What can you contribute in the fight against COVID-19?

Through our Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Appeal, you can reach out to help the vulnerable in Malaysia – unaccompanied and separated children, migrant families, refugees, and rural communities. Funds will go towards:

  • Promoting preventive measures and distributing hygiene products to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19
  • Supporting children and families made vulnerable by COVID-19 through food supplies and other relief assistance
World Vision works to help children, families and communities through our projects.

 

Educating youths and adults in efforts to uphold the rights of children all over the world.

 

Even today, there is still enormous uncertainty on the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19. After the pandemic ends or a vaccine is found, it will take a long while for vulnerable communities to bounce back as the pandemic has already reordered society and impacted the economy. We will continue to monitor and disburse funds to help children and families get back on their feet.

Now more than ever, we must all stand in solidarity to protect the most vulnerable in Malaysia. Every little bit counts. On behalf of the beneficiaries, thank you for lending a helping hand during such difficult times!

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