India is in the midst of a tragic deadly coronavirus wave: it is a massive humanitarian crisis. Despite managing the pandemic for a year, the country’s healthcare system has collapsed under the weight of the current crisis. India is experiencing a terrible wave of coronavirus deaths: hospitals cannot meet the treatment demand.
People desperately need family support in all ways, medical care and to pay for oxygen and medication. The poorest communities suffer most and bear the brunt. Living in crammed conditions with almost no sanitation - using shared toilets and water points - they are unable to follow COVID-19 guidelines. The poorest migrant workers and those unable to work, travel, or afford food and health care need on the ground help. With fatality numbers rising rapidly it is a race against time to help as many as possible and we urgently need your support. Please contribute whatever you can. We need to act, now.
ESSENTIAL FOOD AND CASH We can provide food, hygiene kits and hand-washing facilities to the poorest and most vulnerable communities. We are also already making direct cash transfers to the most vulnerable communities and households so they can buy what they need.
CHILDREN Every child needs and has a right to nutritious food to grow up strong, to be mentally healthy and have the chance to learn - and to survive this Covid wave.
CHILDREN ARE AT RISK: DAILY CASES HAVE NOW REPORTEDLY SOARED BEYOND 350,000 Children are extremely vulnerable to being left unprotected, without food and life-saving healthcare. Thousands of families have lost their key income providers. Tragically, millions are in danger, hungry and uncared for - missing out on life-changing education. Schools are shut, leaving children isolated and risking their mental health and wellbeing.
HOW SUPPORT CAN HELP
Your support means so much. We can help in many practical ways such as:
Cash for basic needs, medicine and hospital bills
Soap and hand sanitizer
A month of medicine for a malnourished child
Therapeutic food at an outpatient clinic
With our network of individuals and partner organizations in India we are already giving families cash, food and other essentials like soap and hand sanitizer, raising awareness of how families can prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as well as helping children to learn from home, and giving appropriate and sensitive mental health and wellbeing support. More help is needed urgently.