COVID-19 Vietnam Story

Stories | April 8, 2020

CBM Australia was concerned for the health of our partners and projects in light of the recent health crisis, and we  maintained close contact. Most offices were closed and staff, like Mai from our Vietnam office, were working from home, in close phone contact with our partners as they worked to develop local responses.

“The streets are quieter in Hanoi, and we need to make sure that this virus is kept contained,” Mai told us, “so that Vietnam’s hospitals don’t get overwhelmed.”

Our training workshops with Disabled Peoples’ Organisations were postponed for the time being, since public gathering was suspended. Mai and the team were planning ways to provide support remotely.

CBM Australia’s eye care outreach screening work in Vietnam was also impacted. We were pleased to report that the eye healthcare equipment that was slated for purchase was still going ahead as anticipated. Health clinics were assessing how they could turn their attention to be prepared for COVID-19 and the hospital was already in conversation with the local telco company investigating possible options for sharing important health messaging with vulnerable communities.

We continue to monitor and support our partners and are relieved to hear that they are taking their safety precautions seriously and no cases were reported by our Vietnam partners.

“For God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so.” Hebrew 6:10

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