Stressing Healthy Living Amidst the Coronavirus

MH Village*, Myanmar

 

Myanmar has been encountering the second wave of the coronavirus. The number of positive cases has been soaring daily after almost 100 days without new local transmission. This has caused social concerns, food insecurity, unemployment, and societal problems over again. Schools have been closed again across the country. In addition, a few states and other places have been under lockdown due to the spread of the virus. 

 

The most affected places so far in the country are Rakhine State and Yangon Division. It was reported that the local transmission started in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, and spread across the country. Our main concern is for the villagers of MH and nearby villages since they do not have internet access to read news updates. They are also vulnerable to the disease and at risk of food shortage as we heard the main transportation road has been locked and food prices have been raised. 

 

However, it was a big relief to hear that our Transformational Community Development (TCD) Champion received GHNI funds for food and purchased rice sacks for the villagers. We are also continuing to teach the people to wash hands, wear masks, and use other preventive measures to stop the spread of the disease. By practising safe measures among neighbours, it gives awareness to the entire village. We are hopeful that their actions will set a good example for other villagers in the area.

 

Thank you,

 

Solomon 

GHNI TCD Worker

*For the purposes of safety, “MH Village” is a pseudonym for the village being helped by this project.

 

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