As cases of coronavirus continue to increase globally, Maboshe Memorial Centre - MMC stands in solidarity with all those affected by the crisis. Like all emergencies and humanitarian crises, the Covid-19 pandemic will hit girls and women, the poor and the most marginalized the hardest.

We are taking all necessary measures to protect the health and safety of our staff and the communities we work with.

Using lessons learnt from previous disease outbreaks, including the recent Ebola crisis, our colleagues are sharing essential health information with vulnerable communities and starting to put girls and women-led response plans into action.

Maboshe Memorial Centre - MMC is calling on governments to ensure that social protections target girls and women, whose care duties will double as they are at the forefront of caring for the sick, home-schooling, working informal jobs and collecting water.

Two-thirds of health sector jobs globally are held by women, who are on the frontline of the crisis working as nurses and carers.

In developing countries, like Zambia more than two thirds women work in the informal economy, without sick leave and unemployment benefits. If they don't work, they and their families don't eat. Girls are often responsible for walking increasingly long distances to collect any water available. Worldwide, 780 million people don't have access to clean water. Unless their basic needs are met, they won't be able to protect themselves or their communities from coronavirus.

Maboshe Memorial Centre - MMC has launched a covid-19 response strategy for children with disabilities in western province, Zambia a coronavirus fundraising appeal to help support those in the most vulnerable communities to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.

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