Global Communities Capacity in Preventing, Mitigating and Responding to COVID-19 and Other Outbreaks of Infectious Disease

Since March 2020, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner projects have pivoted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, through initiating new project activities and adapting ongoing activities to COVID-19 realities. Together, Global Communities and PCI have received $17.5 million in new funding to respond to COVID-19, and have reprogrammed $3.8 million in existing funding to respond to the impacts of the pandemic in places we work, funding 18 new projects and COVID-19 related extensions to existing projects.

Field and Headquarters teams have worked closely to adapt programming to ensure that critical work can continue, while prioritizing the health and safety of staff and program participants. In many cases, Global Communities and PCI have adapted to remote-based activities, switching to WhatsApp, Zoom or other technologies for the provision of non-COVID-19 as well as COVID-19 information and services. For example, bi-directional virtual communication and the strategic use of program platforms such as women’s self-help groups in India has ensured that information is being effectively passed to program participants, while program implementers and donors are able to identify and address misconceptions related to critical COVID-19 messaging.

View our Photo Essay entitled "One Year of Adapting Our Projects to the Realities of COVID-19"

Read our fact sheet entitled "Global Communities and PCI International Response to COVID-19"

Global Communities has always risen to the occasion when faced with crises, and we have a demonstrated tolerance for operating in and managing high-risk environments. Beyond staying safe and healthy, our focus must remain on our mission and our communities. Our longtime reputation in water, sanitation and hygiene and our experience with other public health emergencies including Ebola, Zika and cholera have made us uniquely qualified and positioned to play a role in responding to COVID-19.

Read our latest COVID-19 news.

Click the countries on the map below to learn about our experience with infectious disease response and how we are responding to COVID-19 in countries across the globe.

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