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How We're Responding To Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Staying ready to help every child

Monday, March 16, 2020

The health and safety of the entire World Pediatric Project family is our utmost priority.

After conversations between WPP staff, board leadership, partner hospitals, medical volunteers, and in-country staff and partners, WPP has made the tough decision to postpone all international trips and U.S. referrals for the near future in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

We will be back to normal as soon as the CDC, WHO and our partner countries recommend it is safe to do so, and we are working to ensure we will have the resources and planning in place so NO CHILD is missed.

This decision has not been made lightly. Thousands of children in our partner countries are awaiting care, with more being referred every day.  We continue to assess the situation to determine when it is safe to resume program activity.

As a leading global health organization, World Pediatric Project is well-positioned to adapt and evolve to this event. Thanks to nearly twenty years of service and relationships with our partners in the countries where we operate as well as our network of hospitals and medical volunteers within the United States, we have the knowledge and personnel available to meet this challenge head-on.

Where we need your help is ensuring we have the financial resources to continue to deliver world-class care to these children who need it the most. 

Rescheduling trips and children traveling through our U.S. Referrals Program not only requires the absorption of cancellation fees but it also creates a backlog of children awaiting care in our partner countries. To meet this increased demand once we are reactivated and to reach children who will continue to be referred to our teams we will need to increase our presence in the coming fiscal year.

As we face this unprecedented occurrence, your continued support is invaluable in helping us be ready to reactivate our programs at a moment’s notice.
Thank you for making it possible for thousands of children to receive life-changing – and life-saving – care.

In solidarity,

Susan Rickman
CEO, World Pediatric Project

Helping our families in town for care

Tuesday March 24, 2020

While the situation around COVID-19 continues to develop, it has certainly had an impact on our programs. As I shared last week, WPP has made the tough decision to postpone all international trips and U.S. referrals for the near future.

But we still have a dozen children who have traveled here to the United States for care – care that has been impacted by changing policies, social distancing, and a necessary narrowing of outside trips to ensure their safety.

These families have come a long way to get life-changing and saving care for their children, and this has certainly made an already stressful time more so, but their commitment and your support has gotten them this far – and we hope that we can rely on you to help, however you can, in this time of need.

Here are a few ways you can help:

1. Make A Gift to Heal a ChildYour gift today will help provide meals, transportation, and more to the families in town for care.
2. Donate Wish List Items – We have updated our Amazon Wishlists with essential items to help our families. You can donate these from the safety of your own home, and donated items will be delivered right to our doorstep and passed along to our families.
I know this is a crazy time for you, too, as we all adapt to events that seem to be changing daily. I hope that you and your family are all happy, healthy, and safe. We will continue to update you on how World Pediatric Project is doing via email and on our dedicated webpage: https://wpp.to/COVID-19

Thank you for making all of this possible. Your support helps touch thousands of lives each year – and we’ll all get through this together.

Gratefully,

Susan Rickman
CEO, World Pediatric Project


Steps to Prevent Illness

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.