Covid-19 Emergency Appeal
Last year's Covid-19 pandemic saw a nationwide lockdown imposed in India creating chaos. 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 healthcare infrastructure creaked at the seams with government hospitals and testing centres overwhelmed, turning patients away.
Now India is hit by a second wave, bigger and growing much faster than last year's. Over 400,000 new infections a day are being reported (1 May) - the highest in the world. Now the virus is rife in the villages as well as the cities and slums. There are shortages of oxygen and medication in the hospitals. People are being turned away. People are dying.
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.
Last year we were able to respond to the crisis by:
- Educating 400,000 villagers about the virus, its symptoms, how to prevent its spread, handwashing, etc.
- Diagnosing and prescribing for more than 62,000 patients at our clinics, plus over 33,000 via ‘telemedicine’ links to help protect doctors and patients with underlying conditions or to help those in rural areas without access to doctors.
- Assisting patients displaying Covid symptoms at our Hyderabad clinic every day.
- Establishing virtual clinics - video consultations with doctors - at 17 of our schools.
- Providing personal protective equipment for clinic staff and community health workers.
- Helping 1200 at-risk women access government aid.
- Providing 2 million meals for those facing starvation 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!
Now, with the growing crisis we want to provide:
- Medical supplies and treatment - both for Covid and for other conditions where people are unable to get (attention) due to the government health system being overwhelmed
- Food, nutrition and other essential supplies for those facing starvation because they have no work and no income due to lockdowns
Please help us continue to respond to this emergency and protect the most vulnerable. Help us save lives and give hope to the poor and the marginalised, and to those who seek to help them.
Donate now to our Covid-19 Emergency Appeal!