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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.

In 2020, world headlines have been dominated by news of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which causes flu-like and respiratory symptoms, and can be transmitted from person to person. Hundreds of thousands of cases have been recorded around the world, leading to tens of thousands of deaths.

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and on 11 March 2020, it was declared a pandemic.

When the outbreak escalated in China, World Vision was on ground to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (including masks, hand sanitizers, soaps and other personal hygiene items) to children, families and health workers. Efforts are still ongoing. Teams on ground have also been promoting prevention behaviours, offering essential health advice and psychosocial support.

As the threat of COVID-19 blanket our country 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 those are also daily wage earners who have lost their livelihoods in this challenging time. Even after the pandemic ends, it will take time for them to bounce back as the pandemic would likely have reordered society and negatively impacted the economy.

World Vision Malaysia is now appealing for RM100,000 to help the vulnerable in Malaysia – unaccompanied and separated children, migrant families, refugees, and rural communities. Funds will go towards the following areas:

  • 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

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

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