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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 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and on 11 March 2020, it was declared a pandemic.

 

What has World Vision done since the outbreak?

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.

World Vision is also responding in the other countries we are in to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and families. We are constantly reviewing our response plan so that the world’s most vulnerable are not forgotten.

 

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

As the threat of COVID-19 blanket 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 them are also daily wage earners who have lost their livelihoods in this challenging time.

We are seeking to help the vulnerable in Malaysia – unaccompanied and separated children, migrant families, refugees, and rural communities – through our appeal. 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

The funds raised to date have been used to provide more than 1,000 children and families with relief items such as staple food (rice, flour, eggs, cooking oil and nutrition beverage) and personal hygiene items like soap, detergent and sanitary pads. 25,000 masks and 100 litres of hand sanitizer have also been delivered to two rural clinics in Sook and Nabawan, Sabah to control the spread of COVID-19 among local communities.

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.

There is enormous uncertainty on the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19. Even after the pandemic ends, it will take time for vulnerable communities to bounce back as the pandemic would likely have reordered society and impacted the economy. We will continue to monitor and disburse the funds to help children and families get back on their feet.

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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