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COVID-19 has arrived in the Pacific. Help us prepare families in Kiribati.

On highly-populated Pacific islands, the impact of COVID-19 will be devastating.

Over the past month, the world has been watching as COVID-19 has reached nearly 500,000 cases. In New Zealand, we have entered a period of self-isolation, to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. Yet, for those on highly-populated Pacific islands like South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, the impact of COVID-19 will be devastating.

Already, basic amenities, medical and sanitation supplies in Kiribati are limited and high rates of pre-existing medical conditions significantly increase the chance for virus transmission. For these reasons, the threat of COVID-19 will place even more pressure on these communities.

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Why is the risk of COVID-19 to vulnerable people in Kiribati so great?

Limited access to supplies.

People living in Kiribati already have limited access to nutritious food, safe water, medical care and supplies. If / when COVID-19 arrives in Tarawa, this will become an even bigger problem as less resources are available.

Unsafe hygienic practices.

One of the best ways to slow down the spread of COVID-19 is to promote proper hygiene practices, including frequent hand-washing, with soap. Without adequate information, people living in Kiribati will be at risk.

Self-isolation is difficult.

In Tarawa, people live in very close proximity to one another, which means social distancing and self-isolation will be difficult to enforce. Without self-isolation, COVID-19 will spread very quickly.

ChildFund is in Kiribati, ready to respond to the needs of those who are vulnerable to COVID-19.

ChildFund is focused on the densely-populated Kiribati – 60,000 people live within the 16km² area of its capital South Tarawa – where many households do not have running water and access to soap and clean water is limited. Our team is currently on the ground in South Tarawa, distributing hygiene kits, life-saving information about hand-washing and social distancing, and are working to get important sanitation supplies to communities to mitigate transmission.

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