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5 steps to stop coronavirus

Wash your hands often

Cover sneezes & coughs

Avoid touching your face

Limit social interactions

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

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...

Across Africa and beyond, HIV programs for orphans and vulnerable children provide a critical opportunity to respond to Covid-19

May 12, 2020
Imagine that a dangerous, highly contagious virus is spreading around the world, and you are tasked with helping communities challenged by poverty and marginalization to protect themselves. Imagine...

Amid Covid-19, economic resilience and poverty alleviation are more important than ever

May 8, 2020
Pact has been working to alleviate poverty for almost five decades. During this time, the world has seen significant progress. Over the past 40 years, the percentage of people living in extreme...

In Cambodia, as Covid-19 adds new burdens for young women entrepreneurs, Pact and USAID move support online

May 4, 2020
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the young women entrepreneurs who Pact supports in Cambodia struggled to keep their businesses afloat. Sabine Joukes leads Pact’s Women’s Entrepreneurs Act...
Solar panels in rural Myanmar

Pandemic priorities: Is access to energy one of them?

April 24, 2020
The huge disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how much 

This Earth Day, Covid-19 reminds us that the environment’s health and our own are one

April 21, 2020
The year 2019 saw human-induced natural disasters decimate the planet’s ecosystems—and the wildlife that depend on them—at an alarming rate. Expansive and destructive wildfires ravaged rainforests...

As the world faces Covid-19 together, innovation is key

April 15, 2020
While none of us would ever wish for it, the Covid-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented opportunity for global innovation. Never in modern times has the international development sector been faced...

‘For some women and children, home is not the safest place’: Responding to family and gender-based violence amid Covid-19

April 13, 2020
As communities around the world grapple with the medical and economic calamities created by Covid-19, a separate but related crisis is unfolding: a significant rise in domestic violence, including...
A community health worker in Tanzania provides counseling to community members.

As developing countries cope with Covid-19, strong community health resources provide a lifeline

April 10, 2020
For years, the people of Sabagreia, in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, had nowhere to turn for reliable health care, as the government health center had long been closed. When Pact began working in Sabagreia...

Responding to Covid-19: Pact takes steps to ensure staff safety and continued operations

March 18, 2020
Pact is committed to delivering on our promises to those we serve around the world and to ensuring that our global staff are protected and healthy. With the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19...