ADRA has been engaged in hygiene and sanitation efforts in the aftermath of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan, China. The virus which is spreading across the world at an accelerating rate may be at the brink of a global pandemic. The death toll is currently reported to be over 2000 worldwide.
We are partnering with ADRA to help deliver N95 masks for those in need in Hong Kong. The Adventist Hospital there has exhausted all their supply and thousands continue to get affected each day. NAD ACS Disaster Response Director, Derrick Lea, put out a request to our conferences within the Division, asking about the availability of masks in stock. Within 32 hours, the Texas and Carolina conferences had reached out saying that they had pallets of masks in their Warehouses and we could have access to them. This information was shared with ADRA and eventually an agreement was worked out with our friends at the Florida Adventist Hospital, who already had a shipment going to Hong Kong to be of assistance. Over 20,000 masks were picked up at these two conferences and shipped.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is working together with ACS DR, ADRA, Florida Hospital, and the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital to help a community being affected by this most recent crisis. “I am encouraged to be a part of this type of collaborative effort and I look forward to more of this in the future,” stated Lea.
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