News Release: ADRA Steps Up U.S. and Global COVID-19 Operations to Aid Affected Communities and Frontline Health Workers

ADRA launches more than 37 projects worldwide to respond to the pandemic and help communities recover

SILVER SPRING, MD (April 30, 2020) — The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is serving more than 2.4 million households around the world where lives have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.  ADRA has launched COVID-19 response projects in 37 countries to support frontline workers, low-income families, the elderly, and people facing layoffs as a result of the crisis.

“ADRA has been on the ground since the coronavirus outbreak, immediately responding and assisting the most needed areas of the world, helping people and communities cope with the unprecedented health, social and economic challenges produced by COVID-19. We are here to continue supporting vulnerable families, frontline healthcare professionals, and individuals affected by this pandemic,” says Michael Kruger, ADRA’s president. “Our offices are working with thousands of volunteers and trusted partners to ensure those impacted receive the life-saving essentials, health information, food, hygiene supplies, and cash vouchers to overcome and recover from the COVID-19 disaster.”

ADRA has scaled up emergency operations and adapted its disaster relief infrastructure in more than 120 countries to respond to the diverse needs of the coronavirus outbreak. Emergency relief activities range from food distribution and security, health communication training for frontline workers, shipments of medical supplies to hospitals serving vulnerable communities, prevention awareness efforts, to cash assistance.

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In the U.S. and the Caribbean, ADRA is providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential medical supplies to thousands of health workers in suburban medical centers caring for COVID-19  patients, including Loma Linda University Health in California, and Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center in Maryland where protective equipment is in short supply and orders can take up to 30 days to be delivered. Additionally, ADRA has partnered with Florida-based AdventHealth to donate and ship protective gear and medical supplies to hospitals in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic where medical centers are also facing severe shortages of protective equipment for staff and supplies for patients.

LLUH’s Senior Vice President for Advancement Rachelle Bussell expresses appreciation to ADRA with a heart-shaped hand sign for the pallets of PPEs delivered.

In Latin America, ADRA is minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through educational campaigns for the elderly, patients with chronic illnesses, and people with special needs. It has launched massive prevention efforts and distributed thousands of bottles of antibacterial gel with the help of volunteers and churches in Mexico to reach the blind, deaf, and hard-of-hearing. In Paraguay, ADRA is serving more than 13,000 people including 17 residential centers for homeless and trafficked children and adolescents by training public health and welfare workers on health communication, clinical management, and COVID-19 prevention, surveillance, and patient control.

ADRA worker in Paraguay carries food items that will be delivered to people in need.

In Asia, ADRA is disseminating communication messaging and promotion-based campaigns through videos on social media, local provincial radio, brochures, posters and banners to promote the importance of social distancing, hygiene, and handwashing. In Pakistan more than 11,400 daily wage workers affected by the lock-down are also receiving cash transfers, and in Thailand, nearly 1,500 people in 9 refugee camps are receiving hygiene kits. In Cambodia, ADRA is providing personal protective equipment and medical supplies to more than 80 health centers and hospitals. In the Philippines, ADRA is distributing cash vouchers to thousands of quarantined families, and more than 43 tons of supplementary food and cleaning supplies to low-income households. ADRA is also addressing the COVID-19 crisis in Sri Lanka by distributing dry ration packs and hygiene kits to 6,500 people, establishing hand washing stations, providing protective gear to hundreds of healthcare professionals, and training public drivers on properly disinfecting and cleaning vehicles.