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UMCOR in China when outbreak began

Lining up at drugstore in China

On February 4, 2020 UMCOR announced it was providing an emergency grant to the Amity Foundation, their partner in China. The funds would address the spread of coronavirus. 

Working to support the efforts of local partners in China dealing with the coronavirus crisis, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is issuing an emergency grant to Amity Foundation in Nanjing, China. The grant will immediately enable infection, prevention and control (IPC) measures to limit the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19, in affected areas.

In response to the crisis, the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency of international concern. Cases have been reported in more than 25 countries and territories worldwide.

“Since the outbreak of 2019nCoV, the Amity Foundation has been responding actively to the epidemic by purchasing needed materials for medical staff at the frontline,” She Hongyu, associate general secretary of Amity Foundation, shared in an email to UMCOR International Disaster Response (IDR) leadership. “Relief materials have been sent to a number of hospitals in Hubei Province supporting medical staff battling against the virus.”

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“At Amity, our colleagues are working around the clock searching, purchasing, delivering medical supplies to protect medical staff in the most affected areas in Hubei province as well as mobilizing more resources to support our work,” Hongyu added.

“As an international disaster relief agency, the United Methodist Committee on Relief works to alleviate human suffering and we are pleased to provide much-needed assistance to the people of China who are battling this growing epidemic,” said Laurie W. Felder, MPH, director of UMCOR International Disaster Response.

“Global Ministries has been a friend of the Christian community in China for many years,” said Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries and a leader of UMCOR. “We will do our part, however small, to help our brothers and sisters deal with this situation which has already claimed hundreds of lives.”

Amity Foundation has been a long-time partner of Global Ministries and UMCOR for many years in both disaster response and development work.

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