All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have launched an Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, to equip those living in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Coronavirus poses a catastrophic threat to communities with weaker healthcare systems, or those who lack access to clean water and handwashing facilities. All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain’s global response will enable vulnerable communities to access the support they need to face Coronavirus. In Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya, staff are being provided with essential personal protective equipment; in Cameroon, internally displaced families are being provided with vital hand sanitiser to help protect themselves from the virus; and in Uganda, families who would have no means of accessing markets following the banning of public transport by the Ugandan government, and therefore no means of buying essential supplies to feed their families, are being lent regularly sanitised bicycles.
In addition to this, working through trusted humanitarian aid partners, All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain are supporting Rohingya refugees living in the camps of Cox’s Bazar, helping maintain essential health services, deliver soap and hygiene items, and provide community healthcare education.
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Revd Dr. Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference, visited the camps of Cox’s Bazar last year to learn about All We Can’s ongoing support for the Rohingya refugees living there. She said ‘with cases of Coronavirus already confirmed in the town nearest to the camps of Cox’s Bazar, it is only a matter of time before this deadly virus reaches the communities in the camps – who have already suffered such unthinkable trauma since fleeing their homes in 2017. Please hold this vulnerable community in your prayers, and give whatever you can today to All We Can and the Methodist Church’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, to help provide essential health services and equipment to the refugees in Cox’s Bazar, and other communities around the world.’
Work has already begun to help equip vulnerable communities around the world, by providing emergency grants to help churches overseas meet the challenges Coronavirus will pose. All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain are committed to supporting communities for the duration of this pandemic and beyond, and more avenues are currently being explored to enable support to reach those most in need. But more funding is urgently needed to scale up this response and ensure that communities can protect the most vulnerable and rise to face the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Anna Roughley, All We Can’s Humanitarian Aid and Partnerships Manager said ‘for communities living in crowded and cramped conditions, like the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, or those serving on the frontline in hospitals ill-equipped to deal with this crisis, Coronavirus poses a real and very urgent threat. I urge you to do all that you can today to help save lives around the world by donating to All We Can and The Methodist Church in Britain’s global response.’
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