Since January, VisionFund International has been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and its effects on livelihoods, children and families. As of April 2020, COVID-19 has been identified in all 28 of our country contexts, with especially severe implications for those living at or below the poverty line. Families living in rural poverty are substantially less likely to be able to access the social protections and healthcare required to stave off the pandemic, potentially leaving them unable to recover from the economic shock of the COVID-19 from family member or business loss.
Our focus at this time is centered in faith around our clients and their children, and ensuring that we continue to keep our promise to support the livelihoods of vulnerable families around the world. VisionFund is continuing to monitor and assess individual country contexts to protect clients, staff and preserve business continuity, and is taking appropriate action in country in coordination with our parent organisation, World Vision International. We are complying with government regulations to COVID-19 in all our affected country contexts, and are in regular contact with our many partners and donors as we begin to focus our operations towards preserving a strong VisionFund through all seasons. Our staff are demonstrating enormous faith and resilience in the face of operating challenges in their love and care for clients, and supporting them through these difficult times is at the core of our COVID-19 response.
We also are remaining prayerful and true to our Christian identity, which has been a guiding light for us during these unprecedented times. We pray for all those affected by COVID-19, as well as those offering treatment, education and support. And we pray that VisionFund, as a Network, will continue to come together to carry out the work of Christ, and bear witness to His name.