Press release by the Secretary General of HOPE’87, March 17th 2020, COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

In light of the COVID-19 situation and

- with the foremost concern to contribute to limiting the spread of the virus and

- safeguarding the health and life of all staff members not only at HQ but equally in the HOPE’87 Country Offices

HOPE’87 has decided- in close cooperation with the assigned Security Officers of the mentioned Country Offices and with regard to the specific country-wise restrictions imposed by the respective Governments- to activate PHASE II of the HOPE’87 Security Plan (Basic Document 2.6 HOPE87 - Security in the Field_rev.doc) for the time being for the following duty stations:

Burkina Faso, Burundi, Mali and Senegal.

Phase II is also maintained for all HQ staff.

All staff members are called upon to return immediately to their assigned duty stations and to stay home until further notice from their Security Officer. 

All country inbound and outbound travel is prohibited. 

Movement is strictly restricted and is under the supervision of the Security Officer or the Country Director/Representative.

All staff members will be contacted personally by the respective Security Officer or Country Director and will have access to transparent information and recommendations.

Project implementation in all countries will continue whilst keeping strictly in mind the health and hygiene recommendations of the WHO and the regulations set forth by the host governments.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience and especially for any delays or cancellations of activities that might be caused by this decision, but we care for you and for each other!

For all further information, please contact the respective Country Office or HQ in Vienna.

 

All the best,

Robert Ottitsch

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Coronavirus Protection

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. 

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

 

For futher information please consult the following link of the WHO.