Asia & The Pacific
Asia & The Pacific
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting partners in Asia and the Pacific as they respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Episcopal Relief & Development International Program staff are in regular contact with partners in 44 countries around the world to provide technical expertise and financial assistance in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The organization is supporting partners in Asia and the Pacific as they provide emergency assistance such as food, PPE and hygiene kits to vulnerable communities in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The organization is also advising long-term partners as they adapt existing programs to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
The Church of Bangladesh, with Episcopal Relief & Development’s support, is providing personal protective equipment, hygiene kits and essential medical supplies to 11 medical clinics in Bangladesh, enabling medical practitioners to safely treat coronavirus patients. These clinics are located in vulnerable communities where government health infrastructure is limited.
In partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action, India (CASA) is assisting marginalized communities who have been particularly impacted by COVID-19 and the national lockdown that has impacted the livelihoods of many workers. CASA is providing food, sanitation kits and cash assistance to the most vulnerable families in villages in the Arni Block of the Yavatmal district of India.
When local governments shut down institutions and put travel restrictions in place in response to COVID-19, the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre (JBPC) quickly transitioned to offering virtual services for children and their families. The center is now preparing for the return of children to the facility as restrictions are lifted. Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with JPBC to help their team prepare the facilities and adapt programming with appropriate safety precautions such personal protective equipment (PPE), smaller groups, physical distancing and enhanced sanitation practices.
Additionally, Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem as they provide medication and PPE, such as masks, gloves and gowns, to Al Ahli and Saint Luke’s hospitals, enabling the hospital staff to continue to provide quality medical care to the most marginalized communities.
The Church of the Province of Myanmar, in partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, established a COVID Response Committee. The Church mobilized COVID-19 health messaging and awareness resources from the Ministry of Health and disseminated information through all eight diocesan networks. Church staff then coordinated with regional government departments to identify vulnerable households in order to provide material support such as basic food, sanitation and hygiene supplies.
In Pakistan, the Women Development & Service Society (WDSS), a ministry of the Diocese of Raiwind, Church of Pakistan, is distributing food, medicine and other emergency supplies to over 1,500 families who have been impacted by the pandemic and government-imposed shutdowns. Many day laborers and factory workers have lost their livelihoods due to the lockdowns and are unable to purchase necessary supplies or cover regular expenses. WDSS is working to support these vulnerable communities.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the E-CARE Foundation in the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff. As in many countries, hospitals are experiencing a shortage of critical PPE. At least one medical center, the Lung Center of the Philippines temporarily stopped accepting new patients as a result. E-CARE partners such as KASALIKA, a local community group of women organized by E-CARE, and other smaller groups are working to produce approximately 6,000 face masks and 1,000 gowns to donate primarily to hospitals in Quezon City, where there is a concentration of coronavirus treatment centers.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s International Program staff is providing guidance and technical expertise to the dioceses of Colombo and Kurunegala as they respond to COVID-19. Diocesan staff and volunteers are distributing food, while following best practices for physical distancing, to plantation and day workers who have lost income due to the virus and shutdowns. Additionally, the Diocese of Colombo is helping to sanitize schools and to provide them with PPE and thermometers which will allow the schools to open safely as the country begins to reopen.
Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC) is supporting vulnerable and displaced families in Syria by distributing critically needed hygiene and educational kits to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. By mobilizing their existing network of church and community-based partners, FMEEC provided soap, sanitizers and cleaning supplies and a leaflet with information on how to reduce the spread of the coronavirus to communities in Damascus, Aleppo, As-Sweida, Homs, Lattakia and Tartous.
The Episcopal Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, with Episcopal Relief & Development’s support, is providing personal protective equipment for the medical staff and patients at the Ras Morbat Eye Clinic. Yemen has been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as the healthcare system was already limited due to the ongoing humanitarian crisis and civil war. This provision of PPE, such as masks and gloves, and disinfectant will enable the clinic to continue providing care for vulnerable and displaced communities, while helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus.