Learning to Prevent COVID-19

Myat Hlae Village, Myanmar


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve worried so much for the villagers. They have been isolated and suffered due to the fighting that continues in the area and that has hit more severely than the virus. The internet has been shut down and the villagers have been kept away from knowing what is happening in the world. When we had a chance to speak with our Transformational Community Development (TCD) Champion, we learnt that villagers had not received proper information about COVID-19.


We made sure to discuss preventive measures with our TCD Champion, and after a few weeks he reached us again with some progress updates. He said, “The chief and the village committee set up a handwashing station at the entrance of the village. Everyone who comes in and out of the village must wash their hands first with soap. We also received limited surgical facemasks from a few donors, which we delivered to the villagers. Although we have already run out of masks, villagers are unaccustomed to wearing them, so we still need to encourage them to wear these properly, as they are vital to their health. Now, the community is more aware of COVID-19 amidst the continued fighting in the area.” 


We also heard that the women of the village have a plan to sew cloth face masks for their own village and the neighbours, as well.


Thank you,