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Coronavirus: What You Need to Know and How to Help

 

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly spread worldwide, our global staff is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all children and communities we serve worldwide. You can help the most vulnerable remain safe and get access to life-changing resources such as clean water and health and hygiene training. Your generous donation will equip our staff to continue offering life-saving support and provide families and children with resources they need now.

 

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FH’S RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

How is Food for the Hungry (FH) responding to this global pandemic?
How is FH’s health and hygiene programming in our fields preventing the new coronavirus?

SAFETY OF FH COMMUNITIES & SPONSORED CHILDREN

Have any sponsored children been diagnosed with COVID-19?
What are FH’s concerns for children and communities we work with?
How can I help those affected by the coronavirus?

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What is the new coronavirus or COVID-19?
How did the new coronavirus first start and spread?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
How can I prevent getting the disease?
Where can I find out more information or updates about the impact of coronavirus in specific countries?

 

How is Food for the Hungry (FH) responding to this global pandemic?

FH is actively monitoring the new coronavirus pandemic and strengthening the promotion of health and hygiene practices in all our areas of operation so communities can remain healthy and virus-free. FH’s ongoing work in the areas of health and hygiene, as well as leadership development and disaster preparedness, equips vulnerable families with resources such as clean water and soap, so they can practice life-saving behaviors like handwashing. FH programs also enable community leaders to quickly mobilize and respond to threats or hazards, such as disaster or disease.

In areas, such as refugee camps, that are currently overcrowded and susceptible to the coronavirus, FH is taking specific measures to protect these vulnerable populations. FH is already working with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, running four health clinics and training community health workers alongside our partner Medical Teams International. We have begun to work with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and UNHCR to ensure the provision of supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer as needed. In case of a potential outbreak, preparations are underway to accommodate for quarantine, the lab capacity to confirm cases, and house isolation units. In the meantime, the promotion of key health and hygiene practices will be shared by other community health workers and Rohingya refugees in ways that combat stigma and do not incite fear.

To help prevent COVID-19 in communities living in extreme poverty, you can give to FH’s Where Needed Most fund to equip our staff to continue offering life-saving support.

 

How is FH’s health and hygiene programming in our fields preventing the new coronavirus?

A distinctive part of FH’s programmatic strategy is providing access to health resources and helping local leaders promote hygiene practices, such as handwashing in homes and schools. FH cultivates close relationships with leaders and heads of households, which allows us to act as a trusted source of information and advice.

Additionally, FH supports communities in gaining access to health care through clinics, medicine, and professional assistance where needed.  FH has supported health programs for nearly 50 years, and our work has contributed to the prevention and response to diseases such as cholera, diphtheria, and others.

 

Have any sponsored children been diagnosed with COVID-19?

To date, we have not had any reported cases of coronavirus among our staff, sponsored children, communities, or partners. We are vigilantly monitoring the situation in each of our countries of operation in case this changes. In addition, all of FH’s country offices are orienting their staff on how to confront an outbreak should one occur in their area.

 

What are FH’s concerns for children and communities we work with?

During global crises such as the new coronavirus pandemic, the most vulnerable places on earth are unequipped to handle such a life-threatening outbreak. Our global staff is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all children and communities we serve. Their wellbeing is our highest priority. Through vigilant monitoring and planning, we are working to shield vulnerable communities from any COVID-19 outbreaks.

How can I help those affected by the new coronavirus?

As we continue to closely monitor this situation in all areas where FH operates, we invite you to join us in praying for those who have lost loved ones to this illness and for the continued health and safety of those we serve, our staff, and partners.

You can also donate to FH’s Where Needed Most fund to equip our staff to continue offering life-saving support. This gift of any amount allows FH to help the most vulnerable get access to resources — like clean water — that they need now.

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What is the new coronavirus or COVID-19?

COVID-19, or novel coronavirus disease 2019, is a contagious respiratory illness that can spread from person to person through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The illness manifests in symptoms that include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

First identified on December 31, 2019, in Wuhan, China, the World Health Organization (WHO) named the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic in March 2020. The pandemic has claimed thousands of lives worldwide and the number of confirmed cases is continuing to rise each day.

 

How did the new coronavirus first start and spread?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in either people or animals. COVID-19 is a novel (or new) virus that is believed to have originated in animals (from a live animal market) and emerged to infect people. The first confirmed case was detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, on December 31, 2019. Coronavirus is now spreading from person-to-person and is generally spread through respiratory droplets. Additionally, it is possible for a person to contract coronavirus by touching an infected surface and touching their face afterward.

 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of the new coronavirus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear after 2-14 days after exposure and can range from mild to severe illness, including death.

 

How can I prevent getting the disease?

As there is no current vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the CDC recommends preventing illness by avoiding exposure. The CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself from the virus include the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid contact with other people in your community by practicing “social distancing” measures.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick, but do not if you are healthy.

 

Where can I find out more information or updates about the impact of coronavirus in specific countries?

You can stay up to date on all country-specific information on WHO’s website or through its interactive map tracking the latest confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide and by country.

 

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