RCEL – COVID-19 update from Member organisations

Many thanks to all member organisations for responding so promptly to our latest survey.  You will recall that this survey was sent, and the results received, before the most recent development of the discovery of the Omicron variant.  It is important therefore to note that the results do not take those very recent developments into account.

We are conscious that we are entering yet another phase of the pandemic making it more important than ever that we keep abreast of the rapidly changing picture across our member organisations.  With that in mind, we will continue with our surveys and anticipate sending another in the new year.

The results of the latest survey can be seen below.  It is important to emphasise that these results were accurate at the time of receipt of completed surveys:

91% of MO’s completed and returned the survey

100% for FCDO funded countries

  • Restrictions have eased in most countries.  Curfews remain in place in 27% and schools are closed in just 5% of countries.
  • There have been 46 reported confirmed cases amongst veterans and widows and sadly, 24 deaths.  Zimbabwe is the worst affected country with 30 cases and 13 deaths.
  • Covid is not impacting the ability to deliver grants in any countries; with just one report of curfew related challenges.
  • The rate of vaccination varies greatly between countries, with higher rates in many Caribbean countries and lower rates in many African nations.  The average across all member organisations is 37% fully vaccinated.
  • In most cases, information is not widely available regarding the numbers of veterans and widows vaccinated.  However, we know that in Botswana, Bangladesh and many Caribbean countries, the rate is 100%.
  • Entry requirements for overseas visitors vary but the majority require proof of double vaccination and a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours).  Of course, this is likely to change rapidly in light of the Omicron variant.

Of those countries in receipt of FCDO funding, 76% of grants have been distributed.  It is anticipated that the remainder will be distributed by the end of 2021.

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