Covid-19 Emergency Appeal
At the end of March, a nationwide lockdown was imposed in India to counteract the Covid-19 pandemic. The sudden announcement – just 4-hours-notice was given - caused chaos especially for the millions of migrant workers who poured out of the cities to get home to their families. This mass migration helped to spread the virus which is now far, far more prevalent than official figures suggest. Now lockdown is being eased despite infections and deaths surging. The healthcare infrastructure is creaking at the seams with government hospitals and testing centres overwhelmed, turning patients away.
The poor and marginalised, part of the informal economy and reliant on day labour, find themselves with no work, no money, and no food. The government instigated an aid package, which has helped many, but there are still large numbers who are not receiving this help. In the slums, families live in crowded conditions.
This is why we do what we do!
Working through our network of over 100 schools, clinics, health workers and other staff, our Indian colleagues are striving to protect the most vulnerable. This includes malnourished children and adults suffering from underlying health issues.
So far we have been able to respond to the crisis by:
- Educating 90,000 villagers about the virus, its symptoms, how to prevent its spread, handwashing, etc.
- Diagnosing and prescribing for 18,000 patients, many via ‘telemedicine’ links to help protect doctors and patients with underlying conditions.
- Assisting patients displaying Covid symptoms at our Hyderabad clinic every day.
- Establishing virtual clinics - video consultations with doctors - at 10 of our schools.
- Providing personal protective equipment for clinic staff and community health workers.
- Helping 1200 at-risk women access government aid.
- Providing food for around 5-7000 people each month including day labourers trapped in slums, at-risk women unable to access government rations, HIV-affected families, the rural poor and many more.
- Transforming ten of our schools into relief centres for the local community
- Assisting local officials in Telangana state, where our staff were commended for helping villagers to understand about the virus, dispelling myths and taking away the stigma of being infected.
- Enabling 75% of our 26,000 students to continue learning and studying remotely, with 75 schools providing worksheets and assessments, and a further 11 schools conducting online learning.
And much more!
But there is so much more that needs to be done
Please help us continue to respond to this emergency and protect the most vulnerable.
During the next phase of this appeal, we will be focusing on helping vulnerable people who are unable to get much needed medical attention either because they fear getting infected if they go to hospital or because the hospitals are too busy dealing with Covid cases.
Donate now to our Covid-19 Emergency Appeal!