#Snapshots November 2020
From the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Philippines, see how you’ve helped people this month as a supporter of our work.
Responding to Typhoons Goni and Vamco in the Philippines
On November 1, Super Typhoon Goni struck the Philippines with sustained winds of 140 mph and gusts as high as 195 mph. Goni was followed by Typhoon Vamco, which hit the country on November 11. The violent storms and resulting floods and landslides have destroyed homes and infrastructure, affecting millions of survivors. Combined, Typhoons Goni and Vamco killed at least 100 people, with more than 20 still missing.
Our team in the Philippines has identified health facilities in the area that we will support with supplies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’ll also install hands-free sanitation stations in two of these facilities, distribute hygiene kits to affected communities and provide diesel generators to a health center and an evacuation center.
We Celebrated the End of the Ebola Outbreak in the DRC
Great news! On November 18, the World Health Organization declared the 11th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over! Watch the video below to learn how, together, we stopped the deadly virus.
Clean Toilets = Healthy Communities
On November 19, we celebrated World Toilet Day — because everyone, no matter where they live, must have sustainable sanitation, as well as clean water and handwashing facilities. This helps protect and maintain global health security and prevent the spread of deadly infectious diseases such as COVID-19, cholera and typhoid.
We spotlighted the women above, in Bakassi Camp, Nigeria, on World Toilet Day because their hygiene work helps protect their communities from infectious diseases.
16 Days: We Stand United Against Gender-Based Violence
On November 25, we marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, kicking off #16Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.
Many of our teams around the world began their 16 Days campaign with a series of community activities and discussions about how everyone can work together to end violence against women and girls.
We Are Continuing to Fight COVID-19 Around the World
In the 27 countries where we operate, we’re ensuring continuity of operations in our programs while working to slow the spread of COVID-19 and treat those affected by it.
Responding in the United States
In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the United States, we continue to support 38 hospitals across the country — including in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Puerto Rico and Texas — with a range of services and equipment.
We also provided PPE to health agencies in Alabama, and we continue to support long-term care facilities throughout Los Angeles County by providing PPE and training on infection prevention and control measures.
Highlights of Our Global Response
We’re fighting COVID-19 in all the countries where we operate while continuing to provide a wide range of humanitarian services.
For example, our Afghanistan team is raising awareness of COVID-19 by reaching communities with prevention guidelines and providing hygiene kits to help communities protect themselves from the virus.
In Lebanon, we’re teaching communities proper hygiene practices for disease prevention and raising awareness on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below, Jihane, a Community Health Supervisor, is teaching kids how to thoroughly wash their hands.
Providing Lifesaving Support in Venezuela
Internal conflict, economic crisis and a collapsing healthcare system have resulted in dire conditions for millions in Venezuela.
Did you know? Our mobile medical teams are providing medical supplies and healthcare to rural communities in Bolivar, a large eastern state in Venezuela that borders Brazil and Guyana.
We have also reached nearly 3,000 people in rural communities with medical services and worked with indigenous communities in the state, providing supplies and equipment to their community health centers.