Our world is now gripped by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. We are all being asked to make significant changes to our lives in order to prevent its spread. The same is the case around the world and in the countries where we work. At present, there are 649 cases in India, including local transmission. There have been three reported cases in Nepal. There have been no confirmed cases in Malawi. (WHO Situation Report 66, 26 March 2020).
We’re in contact with our local partners and are monitoring the situation closely. There are concerns about the outcome of the disease in the UK even with our NHS. Poor communities in Malawi, Nepal and India do not have the same health security. As such, we stand ready to assist our partners as needed in the days and months ahead. We will keep you informed. In the meantime, people continue to rely on our partners for their wider health needs and we value your continued support.
Please join with us in praying for an end to the spread of the disease, for strength for healthcare workers battling on the frontlines, for wisdom for decision-makers and for peace for our world in the face of this great trial.