The Current Situation
We have seen India and Taiwan recently collapse under the weight of Covid where they had previously managed the virus quite well. Unfortunately, Cambodia is following this same path.
There are (at the time of writing) more than 40,157 confirmed cases and 368 dead in Cambodia. Our concern is that this figure is unlikely to be accurate. There are also a large number of people with underlying health issues as a result of malnourishment and poverty. They are not in any condition to fight this virus off so any further spread will be catastrophic.
The schools and teacher training colleges have been closed down again. The virus is everywhere. Our CCT staff are very concerned.
Cambodia does not have a good health system and, even if it did, the families we work with cannot afford to access good medical care. The cost of a funeral will destroy them economically. Beyond that, we have many children being cared for by frail grandmothers. It is terrifying to think what might happen to those children if those grandmothers were to succumb. We are talking to our team about how to keep these children safe.
CCT has been considering how it can help right now, and what preparations need to be made for the almost certain crisis evolving.
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