In connection with the news about the coronavirus epidemic, here are some news from the countries where we operate and from our headquarters team in Paris.
In France as well as in the countries we are working in, our current priority is to continue our solidarity with the most fragile populations.
New arrangements for our Paris team
Like all of you, we’ve taken containment measures. The entire PE&D team is now organized to work from home and avoid any travel.
During this period, we will not have access to our letterbox. If you have sent us an important postal mail, please inform us by email or phone.
We will also send you your orders made in our solidarity shop as soon as possible, as soon as we get back to the office.
→ If you have any questions about your donations, you can reach Laurence Nail by phone at 09.65.35.35.03, Monday to Thursday from 9am to 6pm and Friday until 12pm.
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to send us an email at email@example.com, we will answer as soon as possible.
Some field news
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to give you some news from the countries where we operate. The situation is very contrasted but tends more and more towards the same measures:
- In Vietnam, the country is at a standstill. For several weeks now, schools and training centres have been closed. Groupings are forbidden. Our activities are suspended for the moment, but the teams are working from home on the training tools, the social centre management guidelines and any other activity that can be done remotely. We will still participate in a small committee for the inauguration of the new social centre of the CTSE.
- In Nepal, only one case of infection has been reported. Schools have also just closed. Gatherings are forbidden. The country has decided to limit entry into the country: people have to pass a health test and remain confined for 14 days before they can move freely. In addition, the country no longer allows expeditions to Everest. Our team is now teleworking. The “Maternelle de l’Espoir” will close temporarily tomorrow. We are trying to set up mini-group childcare for single mothers with no other solution than to go to work. Home visits to families in Dadhing are limited to urgent cases.
- In Cambodia, again, there are few infected patients. This calls into question the ability to identify them. The government has just advised schools to close. But there are no imposed guidelines. On the other hand, the borders are closed to a number of so-called at-risk countries.
- In Burkina Faso, the situation is deteriorating with the number of infected people increasing. The state has not declared total containment but has closed schools for 15 days and our team has started teleworking.
For all countries, even when it is not imposed, we are reducing or even stopping activities bringing people together so as not to aggravate the contamination.
In our 4 countries of intervention, we are very much afraid of the consequences for populations that are already very vulnerable. Health services are not strong enough to cope with a large influx of sick people. Hospitals are far from the homes of the most marginalized families.
From an economic point of view : what will happen to families who already have so little if they can no longer get to work ?
More than ever we need you to face this situation by preparing today the return to normal
This virus has no borders, nor does solidarity.
Véronique JENN-TREYER, Planète Enfants & Développement Director.
March 17th 2020