Covid-19 | Home

You are here

Covid-19

5 steps to stop coronavirus

Wash your hands often

Wear a mask

Avoid touching your face

Use social distancing

Stay home if you are sick

The Covid-19 pandemic is among the most pressing global health challenges of modern times. Millions of people have been infected with the virus, and effective treatment and vaccines are at best many months away. Besides the medical crisis that Covid-19 presents, the virus is upending livelihoods, markets and economies, restricting movement and intensifying complex social problems such as gender-based and family violence, health care inequality and more. 

As soon as coronavirus began spreading rapidly, Pact took steps to protect the health and safety of communities we serve as well as our global staff, including assembling a global Covid-19 task force, restricting our travel and requiring our employees to work from home. We are now working with our many partners and donors to respond to the pandemic and meet quickly changing needs in the 40 countries where Pact works. With decades of experience in health, HIV and AIDS, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods development, environmental work, governance and the protection of vulnerable groups, Pact stands ready to meet the many challenges of Covid-19. 

The latest data on the pandemic from the World Health Organization is available here

Information on how you can stop the spread of coronavirus is here

Stories and Highlights

Responding to Covid-19 in southeastern Myanmar

August 6, 2020
Saw Aung Myo Win balances precariously along a narrow makeshift bamboo bridge in a remote village in Hlaingbwe township, in southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin State. In some communities, this is the only...

From peace champions to health champions: 'Boundary partners' in the Horn of Africa fight Covid-19

July 31, 2020
Since 2017, Pact's RASMI project has worked to build peace in the shared border areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, known as the Mandera Triangle. The region has long experienced armed conflict,...
The Kiev skyline in Ukraine, where Pact and its partners have worked for nearly a decade to build democracy and government accountability. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)

‘We’re Still Open:’ Balancing government transparency and accountability with effective crisis response

July 2, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new meaning to the phrase "all politics is local." Though the virus does not discriminate, affecting 188 countries as of writing, its severity can depend on how...
Bandung Wangi, an Indonesian organization that provides HIV services for current and former sex workers, has strengthened its capacity with Pact's support. This photo was taken just before the start of the Covid pandemic. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)

An important tool for responding to Covid-19 around the world? Local capacity.

June 29, 2020
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold around the world, it has underlined the crucial importance of local capacity, and specifically organizational resilience. After all, it is local systems...
An artisanal miner works in Zimbabwe. (Photo: Maggie Dougherty/Pact)

As Covid-19 underscores the vulnerability of artisanal miners, Pact and partners gather data for solutions

June 26, 2020
There is no question that Covid-19 is taking a significant economic toll across the developing world. The pandemic is now expected to push 71 million additional people into extreme poverty (those...
Hackathon participants gather virtually.

Pact brings together 18 countries to ‘hack’ Covid-19 solutions

June 12, 2020
A comprehensive program that turns urban women coffee vendors in Ethiopia into hubs for spreading accurate messages about Covid-19. A gamified app that offers Covid information, referrals and support...
Somos Tesoro hosts a Facebook Live event for youth. (Photo: Pact)

During Covid-19, Pact and partners continue the fight against child mining in Colombia

June 10, 2020
At home, Alejandro, a 15-year-old boy in rural Colombia, has access to only one smart phone: his father’s. After Covid-19 began, Alejandro’s school closed and teachers began holding classes online...

Balancing crisis response with sustainable impact: Seven questions to ensure learning, ethics and accountability amid Covid-19

June 5, 2020
Crises bring many things to light: how prepared you are to respond and adapt quickly, how you apply lessons from past experiences while adopting new practices, how you manage uncertainty and more....
Mangroves in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where Pact and USAID Green Invest Asia are helping timber producers to diversify and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: Yohann Formont/GIA)

Building a better post-Covid-19 world with the private sector

June 4, 2020
Covid-19 has created one of the most widespread humanitarian and economic crises in recent history. Despite years of pandemic warnings issued, most governments, civil society, research institutions...
Men and women hard at work at a mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pact joins call for immediate action for artisanal mining communities during Covid-19 crisis

May 15, 2020
This week, Pact joined more than 70 civil society organizations and community-based associations in calling for immediate and concerted action from governments, financing institutions, international...