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Impact of COVID-19 to Children and Their Families: A Rapid Assessment in the Philippines

Country: Philippines Source: World Vision BACKGROUND The Department of Health confirmed the first coronavirus case in the Philippines on January 30, 2020, followed by a report of first casualty on February 2. As the number of cases continued to rise and the threat of the disease became more imminent, the government declared on March 8, 2020 a state of national health emergency throughout the Philippines, and on midnight of March 16, Metro Manila and the whole of Luzon was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine. Other cities and provinces soon followed. World Vision immediately started providing information, prevention and control messages to communities, in coordination with local government units. The organisation launched its COVID-19 emergency response and supported frontliners and health facilities with protective equipment, isolation tents and disinfectant kits while families received food packs, hygiene and sanitation kits and cash assistance. Roughly ten weeks after the declaration state of health emergency, World Vision conducted a rapid assessment aimed at providing broader picture of the impact of COVID-19 to children, their families and communities in the country and to identify needs and gaps that would require humanitarian support.


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