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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations in China

 
The coronavirus (now named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization) is a respiratory illness that appears to be spread by person-to-person contact. It was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in late December 2019. The epidemic has since spread to other parts of China and the world and killed over 1,800 people, mostly in China. However, while the number of confirmed infections continues to rise, the rate of growth is slowing.

World Vision Canada is currently providing financial assistance to World Vision China in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

World Vision China operates in five communities located in affected areas of the country, but to date the communities themselves report no infections. No sponsored children or World Vision staff have been infected. However, because of the rapid spread of the epidemic, the outbreak is beginning to impact those communities, particularly in terms of a shortage of medical supplies.

UPDATE: Some World Vision activities have been temporarily suspended. These include:

•    Sponsor Correspondence

•    Sponsor Queries 

•    Gift Notifications

•    Sponsor Visits

Additional developments:

•    Sponsored children and their families are being monitored for signs of coronavirus infection

•    Special situation updates for sponsored children will continue but reporting times may be longer than usual


World Vision China has a created a dedicated Coronavirus Response Team to monitor the situation and plan further response.

The immediate response consists of:
  • meeting the shortage of medical supplies (N95 respirators, infrared thermometers, medical protective clothing, etc.);  
 
  •   and equipping local governments, health departments and hospitals in project locations to increase their capacity to detect and treat cases, as well as improve public education and awareness.

Additionally, World Vision staff are monitoring sponsored children, including via WeChat and phone calls, when staff is unable to visit the communities in person.

For more information, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.
China has benefitted from a rapidly growing economy but child poverty in China remains a persistent issue, especially in rural areas. World Vision invests in child development through education and health support and supporting small scale infrastructure projects in water and sanitation systems.

Child rights and protection is another priority. Parents are learning about raising their children in safe and nurturing environments, and children and youth are participating in local decisions that affect their lives. We’ve also launched programs to care for children left behind when their parents migrate to cities to find jobs—a common practice in rural areas where work is scarce.

Your impact in China

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
  • 82 patient consultations were provided by community health workers through projects supported by World Vision.
  • 67 people participated in trainings, counseling or activities intended to teach healthy nutrition and feeding practices.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 33 service-providers and institutions have improved performance capabilities because of additional equipment, capacity or budget.
  • 4 children and youth participated in activities aimed at ending violence against children.
  • 539 children and adults participated in trainings on child protection, including gender-based violence, positive parenting, children's rights and early marriage.
  • 1 community-based organizations, faith-based orgnizations and other community partners were actively working for the wellbeing of children.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 14 youth have completed life skills training through World Vision programs.
  • 5 young people participated in groups and clubs bringing them together with their peers to learn new skills and develop positive values.
  • 2 early childhood development centres were established or improved, meeting the set quality standards for young children's education.
  • 5 reading materials were provided to schools and communities in support of children's education.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 291 community members, including children, received training in disaster risk reduction.
  • 2 communities updated their disaster preparedness plans to provide guidance during emergency situations.
  • 2 disaster preparedness groups and committees were actively working to help their communities mitigate and response to crises.
  • 2 producer groups were operational, with members working together to create or sell products.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors

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