Registered Children Affected in Sindhuli East Area Programme: 0
World Vision Staff Affected in Sindhuli East Area Programme: 0
In the country of Nepal, the first COVID-19 was recorded on 23 January. The government closed all non-essential operations, suspended all domestic and international flights and long-distance public transport, and closed its borders with China and India in response. The impact of COVID-19 on the country is high – many people have already lost their jobs and sources of income as a result of the government restrictions, and health facilities will not be able to cope with a large scale outbreak of the virus.
World Vision is working with the government and other partners to increase awareness about COVID-19 prevention and to provide health workers with protective equipment and other medical supplies, to help keep kids and communities safe. We have already reached 15 million people through radio broadcasts with prevention and child protection messages on over 300 stations. Another 31,400 people have been reached through other digital platforms to raise awareness of COVID-19. We have distributed to handwashing soap to 5,100 families and food supplies to 2,000 families most affected by COVID-19. We are also assisting 32 local governments to set up and operate quarantine centres and are developing e-learning tools so that children can continue to learn if the lockdown is extended.
All of the communities we partner within Nepal are experiencing restrictions due to safety measures, which will likely cause some operational delays. WV Nepal staff are now working from home. However, we continue to monitor sponsored children remotely via mobile phones.