BACKGROUND & OVERVIEW
The Coronavirus Disease, commonly known as COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan Province, China. An infectious pneumonia like disease, China reported its first cases to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the 31 December 2019. By 30 January 2020, it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern as it began to spread to new countries, the first being Thailand, through international travel.
As the number of positive cases increased, WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. While cases have slowed down in China, other countries are considered new epicentres for the virus including the United States of America and Europe.
The COVID-19 virus is spread primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Majority of people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and will recover without requiring special treatment. The elderly or those with underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease or cancer, are more likely to develop serious illness.
Several vaccines have already been developed and are actively being implemented in countries around the world such as BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna. There are many ongoing clinical trials around the world to evaluate further potential treatments, in particular to combat emerging strains and variants.
Did you Know?
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by implementing these few steps:
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol based hand rub or sanitiser
Maintain at least a 1 metre distance between you and anyone coughing or sneezing
Avoid touching your face, especially including your eyes, nose and mouth
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue to dispose or your elbow
Stay home if you are feeling unwell
Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people
ADRA'S GLOBAL RESPONSE
ADRA’s global response targeted the most vulnerable. ADRA worked directly with local communities and trusted partners to ensure those impacted severely had the right health information, hygiene supplies, cash vouchers, food and other life-saving essentials.
Download a copy of ADRA’s Global COVID-19 Report, or watch the latest video update of how ADRA responded around the world to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ADRA ASIA'S RESPONSE
ADRA responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic across 17 countries in Asia. As more funding became available, ADRA was able to extend project activities to reach vulnerable communities while maintaining social distancing and implementing preventative measures.
While having a strong focus on WASH, Health, Food Security, Cash Transfer and Voucher Assistance, ADRA was also highly involved in Risk Communication.
WE RESPONDED IN
BANGLADESH >> CAMBODIA >> HONG KONG >> INDIA >> INDONESIA >> JAPAN >> LAOS >> MONGOLIA >> MYANMAR >> NEPAL >> PAKISTAN >> PHILIPPINES >> SOUTH KOREA >> SRI LANKA >> THAILAND >> TIMOR-LESTE >> VIETNAM