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COVID-19 Update: Dispatches From Vulnerable Communities

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COVID-19 continues to evolve, affecting millions of the most under-resourced and vulnerable populations around the world. As of this writing, more than 17.2 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported worldwide, nearly 670,000 of which have led to fatalities. 

Like you, Water Mission feels called to respond to these critical needs. We remain in the fight against the continuing global health crisis, providing safe water, handwashing facilities, and hygiene resources that protect the health and safety of millions.  

In much of the developing world, there is a lack of reliable, accurate health information on coronavirus symptoms, transmission, and prevention. Additionally, many doctors and nurses in these areas do not have safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions that enable them to care for their patients.  

In high-traffic settings, such as water access points and markets, people are at risk of disease transmission. This is also true for overcrowded refugee camps and prisons. 

And in remote communities, millions of people do not have soap and safe water for handwashing. Experts anticipate that the effects of COVID-19 will have significant negative impact on developing countries lacking infrastructure that allows them to brace for and bounce back from crises. 

Through the prayers and generosity of our faithful supporters, Water Mission continually provides safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions to help combat COVID-19 around the world. Water Mission has installed handwashing stations in 10 countries as of June 2020. In many of these countries, a majority of the population does not have soap, safe water, or facilities for handwashing. Without such resources, communities are at a significantly higher risk of virus transmission.  

The graph above shows how many handwashing stations Water Mission has installed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. By the end of the year, we plan to install hundreds more handwashing stations that are designed to meet often-overlooked needs.  

The chart above shows settings where Water Mission, in collaboration with the Poul Due Jensen Foundation and the Pentair Foundation, has installed more than 900 handwashing stations as of June 2020. For example, in Indonesia, our team conceptualized and constructed handwashing stations that meet wheelchair accessibility needs. 

Before, during, and after health crises like COVID-19, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions remain as vital resources. With you, we can respond to God’s call to protect and restore the health of men, women, and children around the world. 

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