VF helps to vaccinate Cambodians
In an effort to protect the health of its Cambodian workers and keep the supply chain steady, VF Corporation is supporting the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
After the Cambodian government enlisted the aid of non-profit organisations to support and facilitate the country’s COVID-19 response plan, VF Corporation’s Worker and Community Development programme team took up the challenge to play its part. This involved forming a partnership with the WaterAid organisation, which has considerable experience in mobilising comprehensive assistance schemes. Access was provided to VF’s factories and workers, creating what has been described as an efficient solution for distributing mass vaccines in the region.
As a result of this coordinated effort, more than 20,000 factory workers and 300,000 people in surrounding communities are said to have been vaccinated to date. In addition, employees in 16 factories have received training on handwashing, hygiene, and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at work and in the home. VF and WaterAid joined forces with local authorities to identify more than 500 vulnerable households and assist them to receive hygiene kits and food staples to support them during this difficult time. Over 100,000 people across Cambodia have received hygiene supplies, including masks, hand sanitiser and public handwashing stations.
This grassroots effort is utilising door-to-door visits, village loudspeakers, leaflet drops and public signs in order to reach people who cannot read or hear, as well as those who do not have access to media channels. The Cambodians who have been assisted in this goodwill effort are reportedly educating their family, friends and fellow members of the community about staying safe and how to follow protocols during the pandemic.
This article was originally published on page 20 of the November 2021 issue of SATRA Bulletin.