The outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2021 is currently still ongoing. Therefore, the government has leveled up the control measures, for example, determination of COVID-19 risk areas, the control of inter-provincial travel, the enforcement of curfews, etc. which results in challenges facing for the fieldwork. The EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery Project and partnered organizations therefore have adjusted their activities to the occurring circumstance, such as changing forms of some activities from onsite to online operations, adjusting number of participants and activity patterns to be safe for the target groups and actors.

This adjustment has created learning, innovation, and cooperation among partner organizations so that activities can be carried out under various constraints. However, during the first year of the program, more than 45% of all activities had already been organized, such as distributing survival bags and hygiene products to schools and communities as well as other target groups, developing necessary professional skills during the outbreak of COVID-19, promoting knowledge on disaster response and food security, encouraging communities’ planning for future disasters, communicating with society to pass on information of the target- groups to public, as well as strengthening the capacity of associated organizations in various dimensions to carry out activities to be able to reach the target groups of more than 32,000 people in 40 provinces across the country.

Click here to read the EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter Issue 2