You’ve seen it in the news – at least one in three new cases of COVID-19 around the world is being reported in India. Every four minutes, another life is lost in New Deli. Hospitals have run out of oxygen supplies and people are dying in the streets.
Yesterday, one of our partners emailed to say that this is the worst situation India has seen since the Partition in 1947. The virus is spreading to remote rural areas, not just within cities, and doctors are saying that this wave is yet to reach its peak. The marginalised communities we work with cannot afford or access life-saving supplies.
Last year, we provided our project participants with emergency packs of food and hygiene supplies, coupled with public health education to see our communities through lockdown.
Now, we are expanding our reach and redoubling our commitment by sending critical supplies to our established networks across four badly affected states in India.
We know that the impact of this situation will be long-lasting and devastating for our partner communities. We are ready to respond to these ongoing challenges through our sustainable development work, while supporting our friends and colleagues through this crisis today.
Sending our thoughts, prayers and action to India,