Thank you for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund. As we come together to adapt to new realities unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic, GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground, providing medical support and meeting critical needs in communities around the world. The new coronavirus is now present in nearly every country in the world, and this pandemic has taken thousands of lives and is affecting millions of people. Today, we'd like to show you how your donation is bringing relief to vulnerable people in some of the most intensely affected areas.
With your support and contributions from our corporate partners, GlobalGiving has made emergency grants to nonprofits working hard to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, and the United States. The full impact of this unprecedented global crisis is not yet known. But GlobalGiving remains committed to raising and delivering funds for both immediate relief and long-term recovery. Thank you for being part of the solution! Below are a few ways your donation has already made a difference.
Amid global shortages, Direct Relief is delivering personal protective equipment and essential medical supplies to health facilities in the U.S., China, and other affected countries. In close coordination with public health officials, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, Direct Relief has been providing much needed N-95 surgical masks, gloves, coveralls, and face shields to frontline health workers.
Hubei province in China was the original epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, with Wuhan city being the most acutely affected. One Foundation rapidly launched a response in late January. Their teams provided medical care and coordinated the distribution of medical supplies and equipment for health workers, and provided online consultation for local communities. Since the outbreak, the One Foundation team has supported 499 hospitals in 81 counties across Hubei Province, including maternal care and children’s hospitals.
Another Chinese GlobalGiving partner, Non-Profit Incubator (NPI), launched the "Alliance to Battle COVID-19 on Community Level” to bring together experts, activists, and researchers to address community concerns and priorities. This initiative focuses on conducting sustainable community building, resolving community problems, and cultivating volunteer spirit. The initiative began with a series of community-based interventions to drive increased attention and resources where needs were greatest. This helped mobilize resources to frontline workers and vulnerable communities most affected by the outbreak, and support residents to self-organize and volunteer safely in their communities. In the long term, the alliance aims to establish a learning network that empowers grassroots community organizations and social worker institutions, for both online and offline capacity building long after the pandemic has passed.
Italy has become the new epicenter for this pandemic, and the Italian Red Cross has been in the front lines of the COVID-19 response from day one. Their team has been providing emergency health care, psychological and emotional support, logistics, informative campaigns, surveillance activities, and health screenings. In partnership with public health entities, the Italian Red Cross is safely coordinating case management. They are triaging patients, conducting testing, and managing transportation to hospitals, if necessary, or providing medical care for non-infected patients at home. Through regional emergency units, they are supporting pre-triage activities to identify new positive cases before they enter emergency rooms and home health care services.
Relief International is acting fast to address the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Iran. Relief International is delivering protective medical gear and equipment to frontline health workers including masks, goggles, and gloves. Their teams are working tirelessly to launch preventive campaigns and deliver critical hygiene training to help stop the spread of the virus.
A mere two weeks ago, South Korea had the second highest rate of COVID-19 cases. The Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Korea has been working with local restaurants to deliver meals to children who rely on school lunches for their nutrition. The A-PAD Korea team is providing meals across six children centers in Daegu, the worst affected region in South Korea.
Hundreds of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners are mobilizing to meet urgent and evolving COVID-19 needs in their communities. Your support is crucial to their efforts and the eventual defeat of COVID-19. We will continue to keep you informed as we actively monitor this crisis and support valiant efforts to bring this global pandemic under control. We stand in solidarity with you and these amazing responders as we rise to face one of the most challenging crises in modern history.
In gratitude and solidarity,
Sandrina da Cruz
Senior Humanitarian Response Specialist