CAD’s Covid-19 Response in Chin State, Myanmar
Yangon, June 22, 2020
CAD is joining Myanmar government in fighting against Covid-19 Pandemic virus since May 20, 2020. As CAD is the first actor of Chin NGO in Chin state, the poorest region of Myanmar, since 2004, it is responding Covid-19 virus fight against communities and our government.
Therefore, CAD had spent its available resources of US$ 12,000 (local currency Ks. 15,000,000) to reduce, to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in our project areas by distributing IEC posters (2000 copies) to 2000 families with tri-languages for the most effective education of Virus awareness by communities, distributing 10000 numbers of soaps to our people, distributing 3000 numbers of special tailored masks to 3000 people, distributing PPEs to village based health volunteers, helping community quarantine centers, providing water resources to the needy and rural health care centers and finally medicines to villagers of locked-downed communities in the central part of Chin state.
CAD had assisted 22 villages of reaching out about 10,000 people in Hakha, Thang tlang and Matupi townships of Chin state, Myanmar. Chin is the poorest state in Myanmar and it has a low population density with limited infrastructure development. This has contributed to a lack of agricultural development and market integration, along with significant out-migration as a result of limited opportunities to diversify livelihoods.
Since 2004, CAD has invested more than US$ 1 million in improving living standard of communities, transforming their agricultural system, building car road connectivity, improving their drinking water system, educating their health awareness, reducing community harm reduction by building bridges and roads, making education available in their communities by building schools and by supporting their village led-nurseries and empowering illiterate youth by opening higher vocational training program in Chin state.
The Coronavirus outbreak actually began in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei province of China. Reports of the first COVID-19 cases started in December 2019. World Health Organization named the virus as Covid-19 and it declared it as Pandemic in March 11, 2020. Corona-viruses are common in certain species of animals, such as cattle and camels. Although the transmission of coronaviruses from animals to humans is rare, this new strain likely came from bats, though one study suggests pangolins may be the origin.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, after the disease caused by the new coronavirus spread to more than 100 countries and led to tens of thousands of cases within a few months. “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity [of COVID-19], and by the alarming levels of inaction,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, said at a news conference on today (March 11). “We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.” This is the first time WHO has declared a pandemic over a coronavirus, Ghebreyesus said. He noted that the number of COVID-19 cases reported outside China has soared in recent days, rising 13-fold in the past two weeks. However, it remains unclear exactly how the virus first spread to humans. Some reports trace the earliest cases back to a seafood and animal market in Wuhan. It may have been from here that SARS-CoV-2 started to spread to humans.