COVID-19 and coronavirus: How SIM is responding

By Tim Allan | International

SIM has taken urgent steps to help our workers and the communities they serve respond appropriately to the growing spread of COVID-19 through the coronavirus.

SIM International established a Crisis Management Team (CMT) on Friday, February 28, to manage the response. The CMT is actively monitoring the situation and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The CMT includes a medical team with expertise in public health and epidemiology, crisis management and security experts, people care staff, communicators and others. Together, they will seek to provide timely information and advice to all SIM workers.

They have already issued a “Frequently Asked Questions” document, which provides measured advice about the best ways to respond to the situation. 

We are seeking to reassure and inform all our workers and the people they work among. In all, we trust God to work out his purposes in his world, knowing that he is sovereign.

We have organised a day of prayer on Wednesday, March 11, in response to the situation. (Read the full #PraytoEndCOVID19 story.) We will pray for those affected by the virus, for those seeking to contain it and for it to end. Please join with us in those prayers.


If any SIM worker has questions about how best to respond please email intl.crisisresponse@sim.org.

If any SIM worker requires further information please email international.communication@sim.org.

Please only use these email addresses if you are an SIM worker. We cannot provide advice to those outside our organisation.


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