Half of humanity is now in lockdown in response to Covid-19 – but the church is on the move.
Thanks to an astonishingly generous response to our Tap Twinning appeal, our partners across the globe are hard at work helping the most vulnerable communities protect themselves during the pandemic.
Their work is vital: many of the communities they are serving have little or no access to emergency healthcare. South Sudan has four ventilators and 24 intensive care beds for its entire population of 12 million people. War-torn Central African Republic has three ventilators for 5 million people. A large-scale outbreak of Covid-19 in overcrowded refugee camps like Cox’s Bazar would be potentially catastrophic.
We’ve created a short presentation for your church service or small group to help guide your prayers for the situation across the globe.
Health experts and scientists are warning that vulnerable communities will be devastated by Covid-19. But our church-based partners are pulling out all the stops to help spread public health messages and make sure communities have access to lifesaving information, clean water and hygiene kits.
Since we launched Tap Twinning on 20 March, we have raised more than £350,000. Our partners’ responses include:
• Distributing hygiene products (eg soap) to the most vulnerable in eg: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Lebanon, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zimbabwe (including Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, and Venezuelan migrants in Colombia)
• Improving access to clean water (eg through rainwater tanks) in DRC, South Sudan and Zimbabwe
• Collaborating with trusted community and church leaders to spread public health messages in DRC, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Zambia. This is important where misinformation and superstition are fuelling beliefs such as the virus being ‘caused by witchcraft’.
• Using Christian and community radio stations to make public health broadcasts in Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
• Providing personal protective equipment to health facilities in Zimbabwe.