On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. One year on, we are still reeling from its effects. And while we are all affected, it is the poorest and most marginalized who suffer most.
Since late January 2020, we at Oxfam Hong Kong have been working tirelessly with our partner organisations, and poor and vulnerable groups to fight the pandemic in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. We have distributed face masks, hand sanitizer, rice and other relief items to low-income families, street cleaners, elderly people, and other vulnerable groups to address their needs and ease their financial burden. And around the world, Oxfam has been using its expertise wash, sanitation and hygiene to protect the poorest from the coronavirus and its impacts.
Oxfam's COVID-19 response in Hong Kong and across the Globe
With the lack of protective equipment when COVID-19 first broke out, we visited refuse collection points across Hong Kong to distribute masks to street cleaners. Here, street cleaners hold up masks they received from Oxfam through the support of Li Ka Shing Foundation. (Photo: Roni Chan / Oxfam)