Community Partners International (CPI)'s Board Chair Dr. Tom Lee, Board President Stan Sze and Executive Director Dr. Si Thura share a message of solidarity and support regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As we continue to monitor developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.
Like you, we are feeling the weight of this pandemic. Our hearts go out to the most vulnerable who are at greatest risk around the world. We are deeply concerned about families in urban slums and refugee camps in Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh where we work who do not have the option to practice social distancing, lack access to sufficient hygiene and sanitation, and cannot easily obtain medical care.
We are equally concerned about our supporters, partners and staff who are working on the front lines in hospitals and clinics in Asia and the U.S., and who worry about being under-resourced. We pay tribute to their dedication in working to keep all of us safe. In the U.S., the outbreak is currently impacting hardest in California (where our U.S. office is based), Washington, and New York. Our thoughts are also with our many friends and supporters in these locations.
Despite the challenges that lie ahead, we take comfort in knowing that our combined resilience, strength, compassion and generosity will bring us through this crisis.
We have taken steps to ensure the safety of our teams, and we are working closely with partners and communities in Myanmar and Bangladesh to support them.
Wishing you all safety and good health.