The countries we work in already face high levels of poverty, food insecurity and limited access to healthcare. They are now potentially facing a mass outbreak of coronavirus. The effects of this will be devastating in the face of such limited healthcare provision. 

We have rapidly adapted our programmes to support remote communities and help prevent the spread of the virus. Our response is focused on public health awareness, upgrading water and sanitation facilities, and developing remote learning resources to reduce the impact of school closures. 

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Awareness campaign

Our teams in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal have launched an awareness campaign focusing on public health messaging, delivered via phone calls, social media and community visits when safe and legal to do so. This campaign has now reached almost all of the 226 communities we work with, providing life-saving information about preventing the spread of the virus through handwashing and social distancing. 

The remote communities we work with have limited access to information and news. Our unique partnerships with villages and direct links to community teachers and village leaders means we are a trusted - and often the only - source of information. Our community teachers have shifted their daily activities to focus on spreading information about the virus and preventative measures. 

We will continue this campaign over the coming weeks to increase understanding of these messages and support all communities are to follow this essential guidance.

£40 sponsors the salary of a community teacher for one month

As movement is less restricted in Cambodia, our teams have conducted information sessions, complying with social distancing guidelines. 

Nepal is on full lockdown, so the team have distributed awareness-raising information via social media and radio. 

Our teams in Myanmar have been calling community leaders and teachers to share information. 

Water and hygiene facilities

We are upgrading community hygiene facilities where needed to align with the latest World Health Organisation guidelines around coronavirus. This includes ensuring taps are two metres apart and limiting the extent to which facilities are shared. 

£15 provides life-saving soap to a community

Taps have been placed two metres apart, with queuing markers to prevent crowding. We are increasing the capacity of water tanks and ensuring communities have access to soap. 

Educational resources

We are rapidly developing distance learning resources so that children can continue to learn while schools are closed. Our education teams are also delivering virtual training to teachers living in communities so they can continue to support our students.

In Nepal, we have a daily radio slot to deliver lessons. Almost all households in Nepal have access to the radio, so we are hoping to reach over 75,000 children through this channel. Our team have developed an interactive curriculum that can be delivered verbally. 

£40 educates a child learning at home for one month

Children have been using their school textbooks at home. 

The coronavirus pandemic will hit those living in the poorest regions the hardest. We have launched our Coronavirus appeal to help them, but we need your support to continue this work. 

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