CNEWA’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Three years ago this March, the world stopped. On this anniversary, CNEWA published a report to highlight its COVID-19 response. Read the full PDF here, or view it below.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe in March 2020, it rapidly plunged the world into a perfect storm of death, destruction and despair. The World Health Organization estimates worldwide nearly 15 million people died from the virus over the two-year period from January 2020 to December 2021.

The majority of the lives lost during the pandemic perished without a formal COVID-19 diagnosis. According to researchers with the WHO, 5.42 million deaths were reported from the virus, yet an additional 9.49 million died during this period. Many people across the globe lacked adequate medical care during this frightening period. An untold number of people died alone, forced to isolate from immediate family members even during their final hours. …

At CNEWA, we are proud of our extensive network of partners and the programs we were able to implement as the pandemic spread and the world shut down. We are grateful to our more than 10,000 donors who made this live-saving work possible. 

As the pandemic reaches an endemic stage, the countries we serve are continuing to struggle with the economic fallout from the shutdowns in 2020. They now also face critical threats to the food supply from the war in Ukraine, which has disrupted the export of wheat to countries across the world and will lead to a sharp rise in costs. 

The complexity of the current crisis and the need to support at-risk individuals has never been greater. 

With our longstanding presence in the countries we serve — and our ability to unite individuals and communities alike in times of crisis — CNEWA is eager and willing to address these challenges head on.

View or download the full PDF.

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