The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world into a maelstrom since early 2020, with staggering numbers of people infected and an ever-rising death toll and very large numbers of people critically ill, severely overwhelming the healthcare systems, in every country affected. The communities we serve, the poor, disadvantaged and underserved in the developing countries that we work in, are already vulnerable. The COVID shock, being of a multi-dimensional nature affecting health, social and psychological, as well as economic aspects, would be debilitating for them. Of the countries in which Pragya carries out development programming (Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal), India is significantly affected and on the edge of an exponential spike in cases, as it has moved to a limited community spread along the epidemiological curve. Pragya is therefore prioritizing its Response to address the pandemic and its fallouts in India.
Among the multitude of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pragya has selected to focus on and strive to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the urban and rural poor and capacity of healthcare workers to address COVID-19 pandemic. Our Response would comprise:
(i) Prevention of the spread of COVID-19 among the urban and rural poor;
(ii) Humanitarian relief and supporting the economic resilience of the rural and urban poor, through the pandemic and after it.
Click to READ: Pragya COVID-19 Response Strategy
We recognize however that the trajectory of the epidemic, as well as the State response to it, is evolving with each day and the current plans are based on imperfect information; hence all strategies and plans would need to be flexible and agile.
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